Domaine de la Romanee-Conti – Producer Profile

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a iconic producer – and have maintained this position for many decades. They produce a relatively small selection of exceptional wines from the very best terroirs in Burgundy.

Where most other top producers make a quite limited number of bottles of each wine, DRC produce quite substantial quantities of each wine, as the own quite large plots in all the top vineyards – including the two great monopoles Romanee-Conti and La Tache.


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Terroir insight – DRC Grands-Echezeaux

The Grands-Echezeaux is somehow the slightly overlooked wine in the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti lineup. It is however a magnificent wine in its own right, but is of course somewhat overshadowed by the four top reds – Richebourg, Romanee Saint-Vivant, La Tâche and Romanee-Conti.

In this article I will take a closer look at the DRC Grands-Echezeaux, with focus on the location of the plots its produced from.


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La Tâche – a historic view on a legendary grand cru

La Tâche is a legendary grand cru with a quite interesting history. It has always been a monopole – but nevertheless the monopole status have been challenged and the vineyard expanded quite dramatically within the last 100 years.


The history of La Tâche involves some of the most prominent domaines in Vosne, the neighburing Les Gaudichots and last but not least a great terroir and some gorgeous wines.

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Vosne-Romanee Les Gaudichots – History, owners & wines – update

The Vosne Romanee Les Gaudichot is the relatively unknown neighbourg of the great La Tache vineyard. Collectors are however beginning to appreciate the Gaudichot terroir – and the demand for the few bottles made is rising year after year.


The history of Les Gaudichots is very interesting and to a great extend also the history of La Tâche, as a very large part of the current La Tâche vineyard was a part of Les Gaudichots before 1934.

Update 01/07/2014 -new bottlings from Roche de Bellene and Domaine du Palais added
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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Batard-Montrachet 2007

The 2007 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a sensational wine – and among the best white Burgundies I have tasted. The bouquet is crammed with orchard fruits – very intense but still cool, crisp and airy with a beautiful supporting mineral note. It’s young but the complexity is nevertheless stunning. On the palate very intense and beautifully structured by the very precise and powerful 2007 acidity. Layers of fruit on the midpalate supported by a vibrant and firm minerality – incredibly well balanced and long. Love the purity and the feeling of perfect ripeness – a truly magnificent white Burgundy … they doesn’t come much better than this.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2023) – Extraordinary+ (98p) – Tasted 12/09/2013


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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg 2000

The 2000 Richebourg from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is surprisingly developed and accessible. The bouquet is very open and floral with notes of red and dark fruit, sous-bois, vosne spices and roasted coffee. On the palate quite intense and robust fruit brought forward by the expressive Richebourg minerality. It’s not a big and dense wine, but offer a lovely expression of the terroir. It still have some youthful aromas but is approching maturity – it can however still develop more complexity as it matures further. Would however not keep this 10 years more in the celler and expect improvement on all parameters. A lovely and quite lightfooted DRC Richebourg.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2014) – Fine+ (93p) – Tasted 12/09/2013


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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Vosne-Romanee 1er cru 2008

The Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Cuvee Duvault-Blochet 2008 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a gorgeous and refined effort. It’s made from grapes from DRCs six grand crus and at least some of the 1er crus – Petits Monts and Au Dessus des Malconsort. The bouquet is very expressive … and very Vosne with lovely red berry fruit – raspberries, red currant pomegranate spiced with violets, cinnamon and peony rose. On the palate cool and delicate red fruit … refined with a acidity and mineral driven structure. Love the very crisp and pure fruit and the delicate expression of Vosne spices … not a big wine … but very delightful.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2018) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 06/10/2013


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Romanee Saint-Vivant – history, plots and owners – new update

Romanee Saint-Vivant is somehow the rising star among the Grand cru’s of Vosne Romanee. For many years Richebourg was undisputed number four after the three big Grand Cru’s – Romanee-Conti, La Romanee and La Tache. But in the last two decades the wines from Romanee Saint-Vivant have shown big improvements, and the vineyard is now a worthy rival to Richebourg – and sometimes even surpassing it’s more masculine neighbour.


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Richebourg – history, plots and owners – new update

Richebourg is a legendary vineyard – and while Romanee-Conti, La Romanee and La Tache are regarded as slightly better, most Burgundy lovers can tell you about a very special moment with a bottle of Richebourg.

My Richebourg moment was Henri Jayer Richebourg 1985 – tasted back in 2002 – a legendary wine and a typical Richebourg … big, powerful and still very young at the age of 17.


The quality of Richebourg has improved quite a lot during the last 20 years, but even before this the overall quality of the wines from Richebourg were very high compared to other Grand Crus with multible owners.

But let us take a closer look at Richebourg … the history, the plots and the owners.

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Echezeaux 2002

The Echezeaux 2002 from Domaine de la Romanee Conti is a lovely effort. In the bouquet fine sweet red berry fruit – raspberries and cherries – spiced with hints of violets and peony rose. The palate show layers of juicy pinot fruit. It’s well focused, with a lovely semi organic style in the finish. It’s quite transparent – with a nice “view” to the terroir. A little more backward than the bottle I tasted a year earlier. Is drinking well now, but need 5+ years more to gain full complexity. This is a beautiful and enjoyable wine – love the fruit in the good 2002s.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Very Fine (94p) – Tasted 20/05/2013


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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Batard Montrachet 2000

The Batard Montrachet 2000 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a great matured white. The bouquet is very expressive and complex with notes of acacia, hazelnuts, almonds and Belle de Booskoop apple – spiced with hints of toast, coffee and citrus. The palate offer rich and pure fruit with a intense underlying minerality. It’s rich and almost creamy – but still vibrant and fresh. A lovely balanced and matured wine – with delightful complexity and great length. A beautiful wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from Now) – Outstanding+ 96p – Tasted 20/03/2013


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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg 2004

The Richebourg 2004 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is quite extrovert and matured wine. In the bouquet lovely red fruit with notes of sous-bois, violets and peony rose – hints of orange and tar. On the palate quite intense openly knit fruit and minerality – expressive with a good power and balance. The finish is long and quite muscular – so typical for the terroir. The fruit is slightly rustic in the finish – indicating it’s not a top vintage. Nevertheless – love the energy and nerve in this wine – a very fine effort in this vintage.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2016) – Very Fine 94p – Tasted 20/03/2013


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Visit at Domaine de la Romanee-Conti – March 2013

I have recently worked on some articles about the great terroirs – starting with Romanee-Saint-Vivant. In this proces I sort of got caught up in the history of the Romanee-Saint-Vivant vineyard, thus also the history of DRC and the L’abbeye Saint-Vivant de Vergy – and wanted to explore this further.


I was therefore very exited when I got the opportunity to visit DRC on my March trip to Burgundy – the date 20th of March 2013 will be remembered.

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Romanee-Conti 2011

The Romanee-Conti 2011 is a zen like statement for the 2011 vintage. The bouquet offer deep and intense quite dark pinot fruit, with notes of rose petals, cinnamon and violets. It’s currently quite discrete – but very intense with a filigree complexity of airy transparent fruit. The palate show very intense red and dark fruit … the tannins are refined and finely grained but also quite powerful .. keeping the wine very focused on the midpalate. The finish is impressively long and complex with the vibrant fruit coating the refined minerality. Discrete and understated but showing great depth and a aristocratic poise – a truly extraordinary wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2030) – Extraordinary (97 – 98p) – Tasted 20/03/2013 from cask.


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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, La Tache 2011

The La Tache 2011 is a full level up from the Richebourg and RSV from Domine de la Romnee-Conti. The bouquet is very refined and complex – but also more discrete than the flamboyant Richebourg. The nose offer red berry fruit – with notes of red coulis, pomegranate violets and a hint of peony rose. The palate is showing abundant layers of pure ripe fruit – adding quite some weight compared to the Richebourg. The core of transparent and nuanced red fruit is displaying both superb complexity and power … before the long and intensely mineralic finish takes over. The tannins are finely grained and give very fine balance to the wine. A truly beautiful La Tache in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2030) – Outstanding+ (96 – 97p) – Tasted 20/03/2013 from cask.


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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg 2011

The Richebourg 2011 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a expressive firework of Vosne spices and minerality. The bouquet is currently very extrovert with refined cool red and black fruits – notes of violets, allspice and peony rose. The palate offer powerful and muscular fresh fruit – based on a framework of vibrant acidity and a almost mindblowing display of minerality. The finish is long and very persistant – expressive is in this case an understatement. Despite it’s powerful nature it’s however also very refined and transparent, and while it doesn’t offer the delicacy of the RSV – it’s in my view the better wine in 2011.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2030) – Outstanding (95 – 96p) – Tasted 20/03/2013 from cask.


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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2011

The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2011 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a refined and classic RSV. The nose is currently quite floral, and offer lovely crisp red berry fruit – elegant, energetic and very pure. The palate offer lovely purity and focus – very refined with it’s transparent medium weight flavors. The oak is well integrated offering body and depth to the wine. This is a wine of poise, nerve and energy – a impressive effort that really shows the special qualities of the 2011 vintage. Outstanding for the vintage.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Outstanding (94 – 96p) – Tasted 20/03/2013 from cask (new oak).


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The Echezeaux 2007 battle – a very close race!

One rarely have the chance to compare four of the very best wines from the Echezeaux vineyard. This was however the case earlier this week, where the Echezeaux 2007s from Grivot, Rouget, Liger-Belair and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti were served in one flght at a Burgundy tasting.


These four produceres are, in my view, all among the very best on the Echezeaux vineyard – and quite evenly matched in most vintages. But how close are these wines directly compared – lets find out?!

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Echezeaux 2007

The Echezeaux 2007 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a lovely ballerina. The bouquet starts out as quite expressive with red berry fruit – quite perfumed notes of strawberries and raspberries – combined with some hints of mint/fennel and a earthy minerality. On the palate quite lightfooted with lovely energetic red organic fruit. It’s transparent with a fine expression of the terroir – love the balance and purity. Gain some weight after some time in the glass – but the qualities in this wine is refinement rather than weight and power. A lovely filigree wine – with a delicate expression of pinot fruit.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Fine+ 92p – Tasted 03/03/2013


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Romanee-Saint-Vivant – the wines, domaines and negociants

In my first article about the Romanee-Saint-Vivant we uncovered the history of the vineyard ending up with a list of the curent owners of RSV – see the first article about Romanee-Saint-Vivant here.

This article is about the wines made from Romanee-Saint-Vivant. First a short aromatic profile of Romanee-Saint-Vivant – secondly a list of all the wines made from RSV – some by the 10 current vineyard owners – others are made by negociants. So far it’s not a complete list, but I will update the article when I get further information.


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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Echezeaux 2001

The 2001 Echezeaux from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a very impressive effort for the vintage. The bouquet is now entering a matured stage showing lovely red and dark berry notes, a hint of sous-bois with some asian spices. Very expressive and organic nose … lovely especially considering the vintage. On the palate juicy and quite vibrant organic red fruit – perfectly balanced and with a quite muscular finish for a DRC Echezeaux. Still some unresolved dark and edgy fruit in the finish, but approaching a matured stage. Perhaps not the most refined vintage, but the slightly rustic structure works well with the otherwise refined nature of this wine. A beautiful Echezeaux … drink after 4 years – will keep for a decade more.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2016) – Very Fine 93p – Tasted 31/12/2012


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