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2011 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Corton Grand Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Pinot Noir
  • Region
  • Sub Region
  • Importer Label
    Australia – Negociants Australia
  • Size
  • Condition
    Back Label – Minor Damage

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

93 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2011 Corton Grand Cru from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti put in a similar showing as it did just after bottling earlier last year. It has less of the mushroom element than I recollect, adorned with pastille-like purity of red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, a slight ferrous note developing with time in the glass. The palate has developed a tad more roundness in the mouth in recent months, the tannins softened a little and it is consequently less masculine and more approachable. That said, as much as I enjoyed polishing off my glass, I would advise allowing this several years in bottle so that it can lose its puppy fat.

92 Points Allen Meadows
A cool, elegant and airy nose of mostly red and dark berry scents is distinctly floral in character with subtle sauvage and earth nuances. There is fine volume and reasonably good richness to the velvety and well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess solid power and impressive length. This is not an especially massive wine by the standards of the appellation but it’s well-balanced and should age well. I would add that the 2011 Corton is not so structured that it could not be enjoyed now though it’s clear that there is ample upside development potential remaining.

18/20 Jancis Robinson
Pale bright raspberry red. Light autumnal aromas with some candied leaves and then on the palate very silky texture with beautifully integrated sweetness and acidity. How do they manage to do such a great job compared with many other Cortons? Lovely lightness of touch and elegance. Dances on the palate. Light tannins almost imperceptible until the very end. Wonderfully flirtatious finish. This wine positively bounces! Great freshness.

2011 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Corton Grand Cru