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2014 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Échézeaux Grand Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Pinot Noir
  • Region
  • Sub Region
  • Importer Label
    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

93 Points Allen Meadows
Like the Ech this is aromatically quite restrained but aggressive swirling eventually coaxes an intensely floral and strikingly perfumed nose to reveal notes of elegant red berries, anise, exotic tea and soft wood hints. This is very Grands Ech in character with its sleekly muscular big-bodied flavors that display outstanding intensity on the moderately austere, backward and notably more structured finale. Interestingly this is only slightly more persistent than the Ech though this could very well change in time as there is clearly more underlying material.

94 Points Vinous
Healthy dark red. An initial note of reduction dissipated to reveal sexy scents of raspberry, blueberry, smoky minerals and Oriental spices. Densely packed and vibrant, with concentrated berry fruit accented by pepper and spices from the stems. Firm tannins will support slow development in bottle. There’s way more inner-mouth tension and éclat here than I found in the Echézeaux. An outstanding vintage for this bottling.

93 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2013 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru was picked on the afternoon of October 6 and then the following morning, the yield delivering 21.5 hectoliters per hectare, higher than the Echézeaux. It has a vivid bouquet of Morello cherry, strawberry, crushed stone and just a touch of wilted rose petal, all beautifully defined and seeming to gain intensity in the glass. The palate is extremely well balanced and the acidity is well judged. There are earthy tones present, a hint of autumn woodland, a subtle but very attractive leafiness embroidered into the fruit. This is a very typical Grands Echézeaux, perhaps a little introspective compared to the more outgoing Echézeaux, but there is considerable length

2014 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Échézeaux Grand Cru