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1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Échézeaux Grand Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Pinot Noir
  • Region
  • Sub Region
  • Importer Label
    USA – Wilson & Daniels, California Australia – Negociants Australia
  • Size

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 and Henri-Frederic Roch. Many people in Burgundy just refer to ‘DRC’ as “the Domaine”.

The domaine has 30 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus. As well as the the 1.8 hectare monopole La Romanée Conti, the Domaine purchased its other monopoly, La Tâche, in 1933, along with significant holdings in the grand crus of Richebourg, Romanée St Vivant, Grands-Echezeaux, Echezeaux, and Le Montrachet at various points in the 19th and 20th centuries. Corton was added in 2009 with Corton-Charlemagne to be released in 2018. The Domaine is the largest owners of each of the red wine grand crus.

Tasting Notes

91 Points Allen Meadows
The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fashioned outstanding ’96s and while this will not challenge the dominance of its more esteemed stable mates, it is clearly a lovely effort. The expressive nose displays lovely spice and violet aromas that offer more elegance and finesse than usual and lead to rich, sweet and moderately structured flavors supported by bright but not aggressive acidity and excellent finishing persistence. I quite like the ’96 Ech and while it can finally be approached now with pleasure it should be capable of holding at this level for years to come.

93 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
This is showing superbly. Quite a deep hue for Echezeaux. A dense, earthy nose with black cherries, bilberry, autumn leaves and damp moss. Very good lift and intensity, developing just a hint of coca after twenty minutes in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with good acidity and excellent structure; one not embarrassed being served adjacent to La Tache ’96. Great persistency and weight, fleshy and tense towards the finish that just cuts off a little too early.

1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Échézeaux Grand Cru