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  • Country ranking ?

    270
  • Producer ranking ?

    13
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Spiced Squabs with Onion Compote

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The Story

 “As if, in this square of earth, the gods had bequeathed us a memory of the fascinating vestige of a timeless perfection.” — Richard Olney. The wine of Prince de Conti, she is velvet, seduction and mystery. It is the most Proustian of all great wines.

 

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.

–We are the keeper of a certain philosophy of wine and, mainly, we are concerned by the perfection in details" assures Aubert de Villaine. 

 

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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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
18 650€ +26.1% 14 790€ -11.1% 16 644€ +18.7% 14 022€ +2.1% 13 734€ +14.7% 11 972€ +0.7% 11 890€ +128.7% 5 200€ +89.5% 2 744€ +187.6% 954€

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

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Purple and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering and Pure

flavors

Cherry, Plum, Blackberry, Cranberry, Licorice and Voluptuous

nose

Intense, Refined, Complex and Ripe

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Multi-dimensional, Perfectly balanced, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Aggressive, Elegant, Rich, Firm, Dry and Hard tannins

Verdict

Masterpiece and Impressive

Written Notes

“Amazing nose - incredible t ‘n a that is somehow ripe as wll red fruits dominate with a hint of black here earth, truffle, leather, and game aromas are all divine singular- ly and collectively huge yet silky with a fabulous finish, fabulous fruit yes, this is fabulous wine, absolutely if you will secondary aromas of soy and mocha, with a pinch of sawdust massive ripeness and finish.”(97pts JK)

  • 97p
This picturesque parcel of La Romanée-Conti was blessed, within the whole of Burgundy with an astonishing vintage. Although the vignerons were hoping for the best they feared the worst when the vintage faced the unexpectably warm winter with over 20 degrees Celsius in February and March engouraging the vegetative growth of the vines. The fear of the vignerons came true when the cool and rainy weather took place from April to June delaying the flowering. The fruit set was very uneven reducing the crop size. Then came the hot summer bringing hope back to vignerons until the long dry season threatened the vines with drought. The early ripening saved the vintage and the super concentrated grapes concluded an exceptional vintage. Interestingly enough for La Romanée-Conti this vintage was not only top vintage for quality but also a record one in terms of quantity for two decades. There were 7,446 bottles made. Excellent-looking bottle. Decanted for two hours. Deep purple colour, with orange and ruby reflections. Even after two hours’ decanting, the wine was slightly closed on the nose, however with some swirling, a little bit of patience everything opened up and blossomed into the most multifaceted and intense bouquet one could long for. Enormous structure but in such a fine balance that despite its substance, the wine shows great elegance and class. On the palate it was marvellously sweet and tasty with plum, strawberry and cherry aromas and flavours that linger indefinitely. This full-bodied and intense wine can be thought of as nothing but a masterpiece.
  • 98p

“...a breathtaking panoply of Asian spices, exotic fruit aromas and a touch of earth followed by rich, lush, al- most opulent flavors that melt in the mouth and coat the palate with a layer of velvet on the fantastically long fin- ish. This is a dramatic wine in every sense of the word yet it’s not at all showy but rather discreet and understated inner power and purity of expression if you ever have the chance, don’t miss it!...”(99pts BH)

  • 99p

The 1990 Romanee-Conti should ultimately be the most compelling and complex of the DRC wines. Normally it possesses a lighter color than either La Tache or Richebourg, but in 1990 it boasts a surprisingly saturated color that is the equal of La Tache and Richebourg. The nose offers up sweet, clove, cinnamon, and blackberry aromas intermingled with toasty, smoky new oak. Lavishly rich and full-bodied, with abundant tannins, this profound, surprisingly large-scaled, tannic wine boasts more muscle than usual

  • 98p

While the other wines seemed to be developing and continuing to flourish, this while immensely charming, seemed a tad fatigued by comparison. Asian spices and exotic fruit charm on the bouquet. There is certainly a compelling opulence as the wine opens on the palate, soy, hoisin and raspberries at and just past the mid palate. Full, round and sweet as it approaches the finish, at moments buxom and buoyant, without quite being able to sustain the appeal compared to the ’91 say. The warmth of the vintage is felt, and while this remains a lovely wine overall -- frankly even potentially still enthralling by other standards – it is a tad shy of complexity and just not as stirring as some of its compatriots today. 94 Points

  • 94p
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Origin

Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

16

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Inside Information

Parker 98p/ The 1990 Romanee-Conti should ultimately be the most compelling and complex of the DRC wines. Normally it possesses a lighter color than either La Tache or Richebourg, but in 1990 it boasts a surprisingly saturated color that is the equal of La Tache and Richebourg. The nose offers up sweet, clove, cinnamon, and blackberry aromas intermingled with toasty, smoky new oak. Lavishly rich and full-bodied, with abundant tannins, this profound, surprisingly large-scaled, tannic wine boasts more muscle than usual. Let's hope that the billionaires that buy it have as much taste as money. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025 . 

The DRC 1990s, all of which were bottled in April/May, are among the deepest colored wines from this domaine that I have tasted in the last decade. Moreover, they are firmly structured, with significant tannins from both the vintage and from the aging in 100% new oak barrels. For the fortunate few who have had the discretionary income to afford the other great vintages of the DRC from the eighties, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988, and 1989, the question is - are the 1990s superior? I am not sure they are any better than the 1980s, 1985, and 1988s, but they undoubtedly represent a classic, concentrated, long-lived style of wine. Moreover, all of these wines should have a more graceful evolution and broader window of drinkability than the tannic 1988s, as well as potentially greater longevity than the succulent and opulent 1985s. All of these offerings are outstanding, with that tell-tale complex, exotic fragrance that the DRC routinely achieves.

NOTE: Prices for the 1990s had not been released (the wines will arrive in early 1993). I have inserted the same prices asked for the 1989 vintage as an approximation of what these wines will fetch.

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