Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Échézeaux 2019

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Availability
Out of stock
Volume
750ml
Varieties
Region/Country
Burgundy, France
Rating
98 points

Vintages

2019

Description

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. 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 1.8-hectare monopole La Romanée Conti, the Domaine purchased its other monopole, La Tâche, in 1933, along with significant holdings in the grand crus of Richebourg, Romanée-St-Vivant, Grands Échezeaux, Échezeaux, and Le Montrachet at various points in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Domaine is the largest owner of each of the red wine grand crus.

The wines are made by Alexandre Bernier, in succession to Bernard Noblet. Whole clusters are used (no destemming) with a long vatting time to avoid 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.

The small commune of Vosne-Romanée is the Côte de Nuits’ brightest star, producing the finest and most expensive Pinot Noir wines in the world, and boasting no fewer than eight Grand Cru vineyards. Its wines have an extraordinary intensity of fruit that manages to combine power and finesse more magically than in any other part of the Côte d’Or. The best examples balance extraordinary depth and richness with elegance and breeding. In the village of Flagey-Échezeaux, lying almost entirely within the Échezeaux Grand Cru itself lies a much smaller, more exclusive Grand Cru that is made up of the best one of the 12 vineyards that are used to make up the two Grands Crus. The other 11 are merged together to create the Échezeaux Grand Cru, but the single grandest vineyard of them all, which is about 18.6 acres, is designated with the Grands title. Yields are also generally lower, and in fact, usually, only about 3,000 cases per year of wine are produced. The number of producers is a fraction of that of Échezeaux itself.

Rating

Score
98 points
Reviewer
Decanter
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Review

From the Domaine’s 3.53ha holding, just down-slope from their vines in Echézeaux. Spicy and open on the nose, this shows a voluptuous, lush dark fruit scent and a seductively supple yet powerful structure that Bertrand de Villaine refers to as 'the savoury, sappy power of the wine'. With a majestically long finish, this is a superb example of this vineyard.

Specifications

Closure
Corked
Serving Temp.
12-14 °C
Alcohol
13.5%
Cellar until
2029 - 2065
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Échézeaux 2019

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