Romanée Conti

Jan 28, 2024Mads Nyvang

Romanée Conti is not only the name of the most famous vineyard in the whole world, but also the name of probably the best producer there is!

In the town of Vosne-Romanée in Burgundy is the famous producer Domaine de la Romanée Conti, which takes its name from the aforementioned vineyard. Domaine de la Romanée Conti has a long and illustrious history that has resulted in DRC wines, as they are referred to, being widely recognized as some of the most unique in the world, both as a drinking experience and as an investment opportunity.

The story of Domaine de la Romanée Conti

Domaine de la Romanée Conti has a long and completely unique history. The history of the world's most prestigious manufacturer goes back more than 8 centuries and 9 owners. The Vergy family owned the property in the 12th century. century, which later in 1631 was taken over by M. Kronenbourg. He changed the name of the winery to Romanée, which was the starting point for the house's good reputation.

In 1760, the property was sold to Louis-François de Bourbon - then Prince of Conti. He added his own name to La Romanée, and that is what the winery has been known as ever since. He also acquired plots of land in Richebourg and Echézeaux fields.

Today Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is managed by Aubert de Villaine and Henri Roch. De Villaine's father and Roch's grandfather bought the property in 1942. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti owns the vineyards la Romanée-Conti and la Tâche.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is now run by Aubert de Villaine and Henri Roch, who have taken over the vineyard from their family. Aubert De Villaine's father and Henri Roch's grandfather bought the property in 1942. Today, Domane La Romanée Conti owns vineyards in some of the most prestigious areas and fields in Burgundy, including La Romanée Conti and la Tâche.

In addition, the winery today also has shares in Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, Romanée-St.-Vivant and Richebourg, as well as a small share of le Montrachet.

Domaine de la Romanée Conti

Incredibly, the Domaine de la Romanée Conti winery has been owned by the same family since 1869 and looks set to continue for many years to come. Rumors of a takeover have often abounded in the small streets of Vosne-Romanée, but the family has now established a company that should be able to withstand takeovers.

It has long been the case that each branch of the family had a manager responsible for the day-to-day operations, and this is still the case. It provides a healthy balance, which makes things run according to the book.

The story of the two families

Since the beginning of the 1970s, the estate has been managed by Aubert de Villaine, who is today the outside face of the winery. Aubert de Villaine with manager at the beginning of the period was Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy. Together, these two were responsible for the domaine's transition to organic farming and improved control of the processes in the vineyard. Unfortunately, the partnership ended in 1992 due to internal conflicts, but Madame Leroy still owns 25% of the domain. Today, the other co-manager of the winery is Perrine Fenal, who is the daughter of Lalou Bize-Leroys.

Since 1869, Domaine de la Romanée Conti has belonged to the Villaine family, which Jacques-Marie Duvalt bought back in 1869. The domain has been passed down through several generations, and today the domain is, as I said, represented by Aubert de Villaine. In 1942, then owner Jacques Chambron sold his share of the company to Henri Leroy - Madame Leroy's father.


Vosne-Romanée is the highest municipality in all of Burgundy. The municipality is located between Gevrey and Chambolle, and ties the two areas together in the most elegant way imaginable. These are rich and dark wines with a velvety feel. The overall quality is incredibly high, and at this level you must also expect the price to follow.

Despite the fact that four out of six grand cru vineyards are controlled by only one producer, namely Domaine de la Romanée Conti, there are over 40 wine producers in the commune.

In the municipality of Vosne-Romanee, only the Pinot Noir grape is planted, which applies to most of Burgundy. Together with Chardonnay, it is the region's main grape.

Years 2005 and 2015 are described as the best vintages in Vosne-Romanée in the last 20 years, but many other vintages are also doing well.

Romanee Conti

The Romanee Conti vineyard is the most recognized and mysterious of its kind in Vosne-Romanée. The vineyard consists of only 1.8 hectares, which is owned as a monopoly by Domaine de la Romanee Conti.

In 1947, all the vines were replanted, and they are therefore more than 75 years old. Only a paltry 5 were produced.400 bottles on average per year, and the wines are some of the most expensive in the entire world. In 2018, a total of 558 were paid.000 USD for a bottle of wine, the most expensive wine ever.

The Romanee Conti vineyard is known for the elegance of the wine, which is often described as the epitome of Pinot Noir. The vineyard is on a steep slope with south-east exposure, and the soil is a mixture of clay and limestone. The climate is relatively cool, which helps preserve the delicate aromas of the Pinot Noir grapes.

La Tâche

La Tâche is a vineyard in the Côte de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy, France. The winery is owned by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which also owns the nearby Romanée-Conti vineyard. The estate is considered by wine connoisseurs to be the most elegant, and only slightly behind Romanée-Conti in quality. The vineyard's status as a monopoly in the municipality of Vosne-Romanée means that no other producers may use the name "La Tâche" for their wines.

La Tâche is 6.06 hectares in size and the vines in the field are around 60 years old on average. Around 20 are produced.000 bottles annually.


The Richebourg vineyard is 3.51 hectares with vines averaging 50 years old. Domaine de la Romanée Conti produces 12.000 bottles on average per year on this field. A volume of 12.000 bottles annually is at the low end of Vosne-Romanée.

Richebourg is located in the municipality of Vosne-Romanée on the border with the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation. The vineyard faces southeast, and the soil consists of clay and limestone.

The Richebourg vineyard is known for its wines with aromas of violets and raspberries. The wines are powerful and tannic, but with good acidity that provides balance.

Romanée Saint-Vivant

The Romanée Saint-Vivant field is 5.28 hectares, where the vines vary greatly in age. Recently, part of the vines were replanted, because the old versions did not give the desired quality and expression in the wine.

The youngest vines are sold as Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru. Approximately 18 will be produced.000 bottles on average per year from the vineyard. The wine has a nice elk appearance with a beautiful finish, which has made the wine appreciated around the world.

Grands Échezeaux

The vineyard Grand Échezeaux consists of 3.52 hectares, and the vines here are more than 60 years old. Wines from this field are described as the joker in the range at Domaine de la Romanee Conti. There produced just under 14.000 bottles annually from here.

A Grand Échezeaux wine is a wine that benefits from being stored for many months and years. Depending on how the vintage in question was, a longer period during which the wine is stored contributes more depth and robustness.


Échezeaux, like the above, is a Grand Cru vineyard. The vines here are approximately 40 years old, and the wines from this field are described as the little brother of the Grand Échezeaux wines. The wine can be described as a lighter version of its big brother Grand Échezeaux.

How is Romanée Conti produced?

For decades, the world-famous vineyards have been maintained and cared for according to all the rules of the art, and they have been organically certified for many years. Biodynamic principles have been introduced in recent years, but this does not mean that Aubert de Villaine follows all the many biodynamic characteristics. The reason why some of the biodynamic principles have been introduced is simply because biodynamics improve the vineyards and give them a better natural environment in which to grow.

All grapes are hand-picked at harvest, which usually begins approximately 14 days after all other popular producers in the area.

This gives the grapes more time to ripen on the vine, which is essential for high-quality Pinot Noir.

When all the grapes come back to the vineyard, they work based on the traditional methods, which the cellar master follows to the letter. In recent years, they have started experimenting with other temperatures, new percentages of stalks in the important must during the actual fermentation and much more. Aubert de Villaine wants to touch the must in this process, as she agrees that this is best for this type of wine.

The wine is stored in new oak barrels from the renowned François Frères in Saint-Romain. The wine is then typically aged for 16 to 18 months, after which it is bottled.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape grown in the Burgundy region of France. The grape is known for its delicate taste and bouquet, and it is one of the most popular red wine varieties. The grapes are relatively small and round, and they have a thin skin. The grapes are often used to make light-bodied red wines, although some Pinot Noirs can be full-bodied. Pinot Noir wines are typically ruby ​​red in color and have aromas of strawberry, cherry and other red fruits. The wines are typically dry, with moderate acidity and soft tannins. The grape pairs well with a wide variety of foods, making it a versatile choice for any occasion. A good piece of meat with an intense sauce is an obvious match.

Romanée Conti wine

Romanée Conti Grand Cru is the top wine in Domaine de la Romanée Conti's range. The wine is only produced in the best vintages, so it is always ensured that the quality follows the high price.

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Romanée Conti Grand Cru 2016

Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2016 is a particularly harmonious and rich type of bottle, which is a true masterpiece. The Pinot Noir grape shines through beautifully and has a reserved fruit. Wines like this are well suited to users who want a top wine without comparison.

Robert Parker 

"The 2016 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru is a worthy successor to the profound 2015, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, violets, peony, dark chocolate, cinnamon and exotic spices. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and satiny, with an ineffable sense of completeness, searing concentration without weight, a vibrant, indeed animating line of acidity, and a long, expansive finish that concludes with a judicious touch of mouthwatering bitterness. Wines like this are the foundation of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's reputation."

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In addition to wines from Romanee Conti, we also have a large selection of other top wines from around the world. We always have the opportunity to obtain bottles from the world's well-known producers such as Chateau Latour, Petrus, Conterno and the like.