Located: Vosne-Romanée,Côte de nuits, Côte d’or, Burgundy, France
Domaine de la Romanée Conti is a wine estate which is home to some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. At present, there are 6 Grand Cru wine labels that operate under the DRC banner, with the crown jewel being the Romanée Conti vineyard itself, which is responsible for producing some of the rarest and most expensive wines in the world. The history of the DRC estate dates all the way back to the 13th century when vines were first planted on the land by the monks residing in the Abbey of Saint Vivant. Whilst the vineyard was initially owned by the church, after the French Revolution, the plot changed through the hands of many private owners throughout the years before it was acquired in 1963 by the Villaine / Leroy families, who still co-own the plot to this day.
The plot of land that later became the Romanée Conti vineyard was established in 1631 and simply went by the name ‘La Romanée’. The name is derived from the Latin word ‘Romanetum’, meaning ‘place of the Romans’, who were originally responsible for cultivating vineyards in the region many centuries before.
Romanée Conti is what is known as a ‘Monopole’, meaning it is a vineyard owned by a single winery, in this instance that would be Domaine de la Romanée Conti. Due to the limited size of the DRC estate, all of the wines produced from these vines, Romanée Conti included, are produced in extremely small quantities. Romanée Conti vines only take up 1.81 hectares (4.47 acres) meaning it is the smallest of Domaine de la Romanée Conti’s vineyards. Over the years the name ‘Romanée Conti’ has become synonymous with quality and prestige within the wine market, and firmly holds its place as one of the most revered wine labels in the world.
All of the wines produced under DRC’s name are considered to be Grand Cru vineyards, meaning it is the highest level of wine classification that Burgundy has to offer.