2016 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Corton Grand Cru


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.

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94 Points Allen Meadows
Ripe, fresh and restrained aromas of red and dark currant and a variety of spice elements combine with intensely floral, earthy and sauvage-inflected nuances. I very much like the texture of the delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess good power and plenty of minerality that deliver excellent depth and length on the balanced finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. While there is a mild hint of backend warmth, this could eventually well be the best Corton that the domaine has produced.

94 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Surpassing the 2015 rendition, the 2016 Corton Grand Cru is the finest wine that the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has produced to date from the holdings of Prince Florent de Mérode. Wafting from the glass with notes of cassis, currant leaf, raspberries and menthol, discretely framed by new wood, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and intense, gaining in depth and dimension as it sits in the glass, with tangy underpinning acids and powdery tannins, culminating in a long finish. Aubert de Villaine recounted that the Domaine replanted a third of Corton-Bressandes while also grafting over the Mérodes’ young vines to their own massal selections of Pinot Fin. While this is built for four decade’s evolution in the cellar, the balance and concentration are such that it could be drunk with pleasure in its youth.

92-95 Points Jasper Morris
Dense but not quite brilliant, unlike the nose which has a huge weight to it. There is a royal depth of flavour here but nonetheless a trace of green which will add complexity later. The tannins are soft. Lovely texture at the back, very dense with a fabulous aftertaste. Graceful, fleshy yet lively too.

Additional information


Domaine de la Romanée-Conti



Grape Variety

Pinot Noir



Sub Region

Aloxe Corton

Importer Label

Australia – Negociants Australia