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  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Enjoy without food

The Story

Romanée-Conti lies on brown limestone soils 60 cm deep with a major clay component. Romanée-Saint-Vivant has similar but deeper (90 cm) soils. Higher up, La Romanée occupies a markedly sloping site (12%) and the soil texture is less clayey. La Tâche and La Grande Rue share brown limestone soils, rather shallow at the top end with deeper rendzinas lower down. The same is true for the Richebourg, depending on slope and aspect. The underlying rock is hard Premeaux limestone dating from the Jurassic (175 million years BC).

Lying between Flagey-Échezeaux (home of the ÉCHEZEAUX appellation) and Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée occupies a middle position in the Côte de Nuits. The vines grow at altitudes of 250 to 310 metres and face east or, in some cases, slightly south of east. Vosne-Romanée, the central jewel in the necklace of appellations which is the burgundian côte, is not content with holding a mere four aces but boasts a total of six Grands Crus, each one famous the world over. A thousand years ago, it was the Cluniac monks of Saint-Vivant de Vergy and the Cistercians of Cîteaux who first realised the value of these very special plots of land.

One of these vineyards takes its name from Prince Conti who lost his heart to it in 1760. Romanée-Conti is one of the wonders ofthe world and has always been a singly-held entity. Next door to it, Romanée-Saint-Vivant recalls the medieval monastery of the Hautes-Côtes which is currently undergoing restoration and which is linked to it by its own path. La Romanée, La Tâche and La Grande Rue are also singly-held entities, as is Richebourg, whose mere name is enough to fill a glass.

These Grands Crus frequently give good results from long laying-down. As a general rule, they shouldn't be drunk under about ten years of age but sometimes they will be aged up to 20 or 30 years. Each appellation has its own distinct personality depending on its year of production and on the stage it has reached in its development. These flamboyant red wines fully express the subtlety and complexity of the Burgundian Pinot Noir grape. Their colour is a dark ruby turning crimson with age. Their wide-ranging bouquet is divided among small red and black fruits, violet, spices and, with time, underbrush. On the palate, this wine is well-defined with a powerful body. It is delicate, sensual, frank and full.

In addition to their powerful structure and exceptional longevity, these great wines develop tertiary aromas of truffle, underbrush, leather and fur. It goes without saying that strong-flavoured meats will do them justice : furred or feathered game, braised, in sauce, or simply grilled. Wild-fowl (eg Peking duck) or a nice cut of roast veal will be gently enveloped by the close-packed but elegant tannins of these mighty Pinot Noir wines.

Serving temperatures : 15 to 16 °C.

 

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Vintage 1978

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is without question the most famous estate in Burgundy and arguably the greatest, producing some of the best wines in the world. It is probably one of the most traditional wineries in France. Wines are produced in small quantities while the demand is huge. The domaine has 25 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus, including the jewel in the crown, the 1.8 hectare monopole of Romanée Conti.
Romanée-Conti, a vineyard of four and a half acres,was originally the property of the Abbey of St. Vivant. In 1760 Prince Conti acquired it against the competition of a famous collector of jewellery, Madame de Pompadour – the king’s minister against the king’s mistress. He withdrew it from the market and reserved it for his own dazzling social events. It was he who created the myth surrounding Romanée-Conti.
The price of this tiny, treasured vineyard was 80.000 livres, which in those days was worth a small kingdom. Reclaimed as property of the nation during the Revolution, the vineyard passed through the hands of several proprietors to an ancestor of the present owner for 14.000 gold pounds in 1868.
In June 1940 began the journey of 16-year-old André Noblet from estate´s cellar caretaker to chief winemaker. The moment was not exactly favourable for the young man, as in July France was occupied by Germany. This single-minded and intelligent young man wanted to learn as quickly as he could all there was to know about the making of the estate´s wines, and Louis Clin did not spare his efforts, time or knowledge from this eager and gifted youth. As early as 1946 André vinified his first wines under Mr. Clin´s supervision. André Noblet finally took over the whole responsibility for the estate´s wines after the death of Louis Clin.
–We are the keeper of a certain philosophy of wine and, mainly, we are concerned by the perfection in details" assures Aubert de Villaine.
Aubert de Villaine became co-director of the domaine in 1974. His goal at the domaine is to bottle a wine that has had almost no manipulation, but is the result of perfectly balanced, healthy fruit. At the domaine everything is directed at producing great wines which are ideal for keeping. Biodynamics, used over the last ten years, has led to a change in direction under the new leadership of Henry Frédéric-Roch, one of the domaine's co-managers, together with Aubert de Villaine.


Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
1, Rue Derrière le Four
21700 Nuits-Saint-Georges
France

Tel. + 33 3 8062 4880
Fax + 33 3 8061 0572
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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
4 345€ +14.6% 3 790€ +8.6% 3 489€ +2.0% 3 421€ -7.3% 3 689€ +1.2% 3 645€ +106.3% 1 767€ +80.3% 980€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

26 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Ruby red and Pale

ending

Long, Vibrant and Extensive

flavors

Raspberry, Licorice, Cherry, Leather, Truffles and Blackberry

nose

Intense, Fresh, Opulent and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Concentrated, Good texture, Youthful, Full-bodied, Focused, Refined, Firm, Medium-Dry and Drying tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Transparent

Written Notes


It was time to end up this magical evening in Disney fashion with a pair of 1978s. The first wine was spectacular. It was big and rich with loads of menthol, earth, spices and the perfect combination of brown and black fruits. There was tons of acid in this so so rich and peppery wine, which was a 1978 DRC La Tache by the way. It smacked lips and asses (98).

  • 98p
A translucent, cherry red colour of medium-intesity. The surprisingly youthful nose is simultaneously fat and refined, retaining ripe red forest berries and floral notes. The youthful character is also found in the palate. The tannins are robust and acidity refreshing. The mouthfeel is still dominated by fruit. At its absolute prime drinking age right now, but will keep its balanced structure intact for another 10-15 years. Decanted 1.5 hours. Lasts 30 minutes in the glass.
  • 95p
Good looking normal size bottle, is in a good condition and has bottom neck level. The taste is perfumed, harmonious, toasty, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced and complex structure. On the palate it is layered and has blackcurrant, creamy, dried-fruit, vanilla, truffles, leather, chocolate and white fruits flavours. The finish is long, lingering and vibrant. This wine is beauty,wonderful and outstanding. I paid around 5k€ + a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.
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  • 99p

Information

Origin

Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Serious

Other wines from this producer

Bâtard-Montrachet

Corton Grand Cru

Echézeaux

Grands Echézeaux

Les Gaudichots

Marc

Montrachet

Richebourg

Romanée Conti

Romanee Saint Vivant

Vosne Romanée

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cuvée Duvault Blochet

Inside Information

Parker 95 p / PRODUCTION: 1,976 cases. This is a justifiably fabled vintage of La Tache, but owners of it should not push their luck. The 1978 has been fully mature for over five years. The color is a murky plum with some lightening at the edge. The wine offers an exquisite nose of smoked meats, jammy black fruits, floral scents, minerals, and damp forest-like aromas, as well as that unmistakable DRC prune-like character that comes from over-ripe fruit. Full-bodied and fleshy, with a chewy mid-palate revealing exceptional opulence, this silky-textured, smooth wine possesses high alcohol and a viscous finish. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. In magnum, this wine might be perfect!

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Tâche 1978  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

t was time to end up this magical evening in Disney fashion with a pair of 1978s. The first wine was spectacular. It was big and rich with loads of menthol, earth, spices and the perfect combination of brown and black fruits. There was tons of acid in this so so rich and peppery wine, which was a 1978 DRC La Tache by the way. It smacked lips and asses (98).

7m 25d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Tâche 1978  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

" 1953 DRC Romanee Conti was unfortunately shot (DQ), but the two La Taches that followed were not. The second was a 1978 DRC La Tache, which all I wrote was ‘solid’ (95). The previous ’78 Richebourg actually outshined the La Tache for a change, but it was also all about the other LT that preceded it."

1y 10d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Tâche 1978  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"The 1978 DRC La Tache was special, as always. Its nose was complicated in a good way with aromas of beef, bouillon, autumn, dired roses, citrus and menthol. This was all one could want from this vintage for DRC. It was briny and spiny, possessing excellent acidity. When we took votes for favorite wine of the night, three of the ladies in our group picked La Tache. Ladies love La Tache (96)."

1y 4m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Tâche 1978  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"What could possibly be next? We were in the palm of The Sifu’s hand right now, mere puppets in his show. He could have served us anything at this point, but he served us a 1978 DRC La Tache. Sifu, I love you man. Its nose was deep and dark, black, blue and purple. It was so rich and so great, decadent Burgundy at its finest. The word ‘decadent’ kept coming up, which is a good thing. Kisses of cedar and garden had me asking myself in my notes, ‘Is it DRC?’ It was another ‘wow’ bottle from The Sifu (98)."

1y 5m ago

95p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Tâche 1978  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"A translucent, cherry red colour of medium-intesity. The surprisingly youthful nose is simultaneously fat and refined, retaining ripe red forest berries and floral notes. The youthful character is also found in the palate. The tannins are robust and acidity refreshing. The mouthfeel is still dominated by fruit. At its absolute prime drinking age right now, but will keep its balanced structure intact for another 10-15 years. Decanted 1.5 hours. Lasts 30 minutes in the glass. "

1y 7m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Tâche 1978  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"The 1978 DRC La Tache was a killer bottle, gracefully brought by The Historian, and also gracefully acquired at an Acker Hong Kong auction. Gil started making horny tiger sounds as he dug his nose into the glass. There was a lot going on. Bouillon, meat, animal fat, chrysanthemum, earth, sandpaper and cherry could all be found. Its autumn and wafer qualities were great, and there was a nice kiss of cola to its finish. Kelly likened it to a ‘belly dancer’ (97). "

1y 9m ago

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 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  La Tâche 1978  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"Nice color, lots of tannins and quite tight on palate. Much potential, but just now too young to give it's best. "

2y 5m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Tâche 1978  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"The dueling theme continued with our next flight, beginning with a 1978 DRC La Tache. This was an extraordinary bottle, with a nose full of mint, menthol, rose, earth, iron, blood and tomato. This was fabulous wine, long and delicate yet intense. There was a touch of good green in this so fine and so long red. A kiss of bouillon rounded out its complex finish. It’s tough to imagine it getting any better, but it isn’t going to get any worse any time soon, either (96)."

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