Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is co-owned by the de Villaine and Leroy/Roch families. The de Villaine family are successors to Jacques-Marie Devault Blochet, purchased of the vineyard of La Romanée-Conti in 1969.

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The History

The Leroy/Roch family acquired shares of other descendants of Duvault-Blochet in 1942. Today, the Domaine is run by Aubert de Villaine and Henri-Frederic Roch. Most Burgundy locals simply refer to the DRC as “the Domaine”.

The domaine enjoys 25 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus. Aside from the 1.8 hectare monopole La Romanée-Conti, the Domaine secured its other monopoly, La Tâche, in 1933, along with significant holdings in the grand crus of Richebourg, Grands-Echezeaux, Romanée St. Vivant and Le Montrachet at various points in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Domaine is the largest owners of each of the red wine grand crus.

The wines were expertly crafted by famed winemaker Bernard Noblet, who retired in 2018. Alexandre Bernier, who shadowed Noblet for many years, seamlessly took the helm upon Noblet’s exit. Whole clusters are used without destemming, with a long vatting time to avoid excess heat. Yields are astonishingly low, and the winemaking is traditional with perfectionist techniques.

These are both the most sumptuous and stylish of Burgundy wines. Ancestor Jacques-Marie Duvault Blochet was an advocate of late harvesting to ensure optimum ripeness, a philosophy his descendents adhere to still today.

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