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Domaine de la Romanée Conti is co-owned by the de Villaine and Leroy/Roch families, the former successors to Jacques-Marie Duvault Blochet who bought the vineyard of La Romanée Conti in 1869, the latter since acquiring the shares of other descendants of Duvault-Blochet in 1942. The Domaine is today run by Aubert de Villaine and Henri-Frederic Roch. Many people in Burgundy just refer to 'DRC' as "the Domaine". The domaine has 25 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus. As well as the the 1.8 hectare monopole La Romanée Conti, the Domaine purchased its other monopoly, La Tâche, in 1933, along with significant holdings in the grand crus of Richebourg, Romanée St Vivant, Grands-Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Le Montrachet at various points in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Domaine is the largest owners of each of the red wine grand crus. The wines are made by Bernard Noblet in succession to his father André Noblet. Whole clusters are used (no destemming) with a long vatting time avoiding excesses of heat. Yields are mind numbingly low and the winemaking is traditional and perfectionist. These are not merely among the most sumptuous wines of Burgundy but certainly the most stylish. Ancestor Jacques-Marie Duvault Blochet was an advocate of harvesting late in order to ensure optimum ripeness, a philosophy to which his descendants adhere today. Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.
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Bright, consistent, firm ruby colour to rim. The nose expands slowly to reveal intense, perfumed fruits and a concentrated earthy, stony richness. The palate has fine depth and richness, a seductive structure and a full, satisfying, generous finish.
The Domaine purchased most of the 6.06 hectares La Tâche in 1933, completing the vineyards by exchanging small plots in Les Gaudichots. It stretches from the top to the bottom of the mid slope band which contains the grand crus, thus covering a complexity of terroirs. It is a more flamboyant wine than Romanée Conti but needs a minimum of 10 years for all its aspects, including the tannins, to integrate.
Bottle 3 x 75cl
D. Magnum 1 x 300cl
Medium colour. Light and soft but mellow and fully evolved nose. Proper sensual Burgundy here. Medium-full, nicely fruity if not that classy. Rich, balanced and attractive. (Clive Coates - November 1999)
Bottle 6 x 75cl
Fractionally firmer colour than Romane-St-Vivant. In line with the vintage there is a brooding quality to the nose which slowly opens up to reveal a characteristic dark, meaty black fruited perfume, a subdued flamboyance with a touch of the exotic. Lush, generous and sweet on the palate, there is also a harmony of structure, fine concentration and superb length.