This legendary domaine produces the most sought-after and expensive wines in the world from the elegant Echézeaux to the fabled La Romanée-Conti. By Tim Atkin MW
1. Nobody does it better
The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (widely known as DRC, or in Vosne-Romanée, simply “le domaine”) is the most famous producer in Burgundy. It has an array of vineyards – and a reputation – that are second to none, not even Domaines Leroy, Georges Roumier or Armand Rousseau. DRC is rightly regarded as one of the world’s greatest estates, an opinion supported by the quality and longevity of its wines, as well as the prices they fetch on the secondary market.
2. In search of monks and lost time
Since 2011 the estate’s offices and principal barrel cellar have been located close to the church in the center of Vosne-Romanée. Before that, they were in the more modest, but equally discreet, rue Derrière le Four. Given the number of people who would like to taste the wines here, but are politely turned away without an appointment, it’s appropriate that DRC sits on rue du Temps Perdu (the street of lost, or wasted time), with its appropriately artistic, Proustian allusions.
The new buildings are on the site of the 11th-Century cellar of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Vivant de Vergy, whose order is also commemorated in the name of one of the estate’s grands crus, Romanée Saint-Vivant, and which was the owner of what is now La Romanée Conti from 1232 to 1631. “The great strength of Burgundy is that we make wines from terroirs that have been dedicated to the production of great things for centuries,” says co-manager Aubert de Villaine. “The monks knew things implicitly that we have had to prove with science.”
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