Domaine de La Romanee Conti and Domaine Leflaive Offering New Releases and Older Vintages from two Legends of Burgundy - Just in time for the Holidays!!
"Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
Unfortunately there is no Chambertin on this offering but we do have a collection of DRC that is priced to sell. Meaning we have the best price in the world on the current releases from the 2017 vintage, but only 12 bottles to offer. We will sell these individually but we offer a better price for the collector that wants to buy the 6p in OWC…Always the best way to add a wine like this to your collection.
This may be the best investment that you can make with your dollars right now- Blue Chip Burgundy at the cheapest prices in the country.
Probably one of the most sought-after wines by collectors of fine Burgundies are the wines of Domaine De La Romanée Conti (also called simply DRC). They carry a sort of mystique about them that you only find in collectibles such as a Picasso, or a Rembrant- things that only an elite few can afford to own and even fewer really appreciate.
Consider, for example, the significance of that crisp, fall day in 1241 when the landscape was red with the color of wine, and the air was laden with the smell of it. The monks gathered in their Abbey at the Vosne and decided to sell the vineyard of Romanée-Conti. They had owned it for almost 200 years and it was a monumental event when it returned to private hands. Over the ensuing centuries, inheritance laws and the wave of anti-clericism that followed the French Revolution caused the great growths of Burgundy to be divided into a thousand meager plots. So sacred was the vineyard of Romanée-Conti, that it never once sub-divided through nine changes of ownership.
The vineyard was once called La Romanée until it was purchased by the Prince de Conti in 1760. De Conti acquired the vineyard only after a great struggle. The other contestant was King Louis the Fourteenth’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour. The prince held a banquet to celebrate the acquisition; underscoring the significance of the event was the fact that it was attended by figures such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau; even a very young Mozart was there to play the harpsichord. When the Conti fled France during the revolution, Romanée-Conti changed hands several more times – among its owners was Napoleon’s banker.
Today’s proprietors, the Leroys and the De Villaines, have run the Domaine jointly since 1942. After an emotional power struggle, Aubert De Villaine, who has co-managed the Domaine for 19 years, has emerged from the shadows of the ubiquitous and flamboyant Madame Bize Leroy (who was booted out by the De Villaines and other members of the Leroy family for alleged conflicts of interest).
Many critics, in describing these wines, talk of the continuity of house style and the winemaking genius of the Domaine. The quietly purposeful Aubert De Villaine takes a little credit for the greatness of these wines. He speaks of the “genius of the terroir” and of the Domaine’s efforts to keep the winemaking as simple and natural as possible. American viticulturists may think they have a corner on organic farming, but De Villaine notes that the Domaine’s wines are 100 percent organic. There are no sprays or pesticides used in the vineyard. Although De Villaine pays homage to technology and talks of clonal research, he stresses that everything is done to ensure as little manipulation of the wine is done as possible. Except for the 100 percent new oak, which is used with every one of the Domaine’s wines and the fact that as of 1995 the wines are no longer bottled by barrel (which critics claimed caused bottle variation), one gets the impression that things are done much in the same manner as they were 100 years ago. De Villaine is succinct: “There is more to be learned in what not to do than there is in what to do. Nothing is more difficult than to be simple”.
There are some wine writers that feel there is somewhat of a secret when it comes to the wines of this fabled estate. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate has stated that the Domaine’s use of lightly toasted François Frères barrels (the preferred source for most of the great estates of the Côte d’Or), which are air dried for three years prior to use, could have something to do with it. However, Bernard Noblet, the cellar master, has assured that they are neither steam cleaned nor are they rubbed with any special ointments as speculation has suggested.
La Tâche is entirely owned by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, a fact that makes it a "monopole." The domaine has exclusive rights on a second vineyard -- the grand cru Romanee-Conti itself. It's almost joined at the hip with La Tache; they are within a stone's throw of one another. And just like the great grands crus from the Côte d'Or, Burgundy's "golden slope," both vineyards are well-drained and exposed to the east-southeast; both tilt down gently on the hillside toward the stone walls surrounding Vosne-Romanee. This village lies in the center of the Cote de Nuits, and its grands crus are the sirloin cut of red Burgundy country: no sinewy tannins, just a marbling of smooth texture. The wines made here are famous for their spicy, perfumy nose, highlighted by cinnamon and earthy notes that rely more on spices than red or black fruits.
2017 Vintage NEW Releases from Domaine De La Romanee Conti
2017 Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru
Price: $5900.00 Sale $4500 6pk OWC $22,999.00
(96 points) Outer quote mark The 2017 La Tâche Grand Cru soars from the glass with a captivating and beautifully integrated bouquet of exotic spices, rose petals, raspberries, cherries and blood orange mingled with notions of cinnamon and coniferous forest floor. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with a deep and tightly coiled core that marks it out as the most muscular wine in the cellar, displaying considerable concentration and largely concealed structure. While this is a dramatic young La Tâche, there's evidently plenty held in reserve, too, and it simply has appreciably more presence than any of the other wines that preceded it in this tasting. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2020) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2017 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru
Price: $3200.00 Your Price: $2816.00 6pk OWC $16,250.00
(95 Points) The 2017 Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru was also showing very well indeed, soaring from the glass with scents of cassis, violets, blood orange, cinnamon and espresso roast that are complemented by carnal nuances of smoked duck and musk. On the palate, it's full-bodied, multidimensional and enveloping, with terrific concentration, rich and powdery structuring tannins and a long, saline finish. This is a dramatic, head-turning Romanée-St-Vivant in the making, and it is showing even better in bottle than it did from barrel. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
All the Domaine De La Romanee Conti in the store:
Provenance is all important when it comes to old Burgundy and we have tasted almost all of the wines on this offering from the cellars that they were acquired from. Please inquire and we will send pictures of any bottle that you are interested in on this offering.
1959 Domaine De La Romanee Conti Romanee Conti Grand Cru (7.5cm from Cork)
Price: $19500.00 Sale Price: $15000.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1964 Domaine De La Romanee Conti Romanee Conti Grand Cru
Price: $19500.00 Sale Price: $15000.00 Quantity in Stock: 2
1969 Domaine De La Romanee Conti Romanee Conti Grand Cru
Price: $22500.00 Sale Price: $19500.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1983 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee Conti
Price: $19500.00 Sale Price: $15000.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru
Price: $6500.00 Sale Price: $5500.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1990 Domaine de La Romanee Conti Romanee Conti Grand Cru
Price: $27500.00 Your Price: $24200.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1995 Domaine De La Romanee Conti Romanee Conti Grand Cru
Price: $21500.00 Your Price: $18920.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru
Price: $6500.00 Your Price: $5720.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti
Price: $23500.00 Your Price: $20680.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
2016 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru
Price: $2995.00 Your Price: $2635.60 Quantity in Stock: 6
Domaine Leflaive – the King of All the Whites in Burgundy
2019 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru
Price: $1725.00 Your Price: $1518.00 Quantity in Stock: 2
2019 Domaine Leflaive Sous le Dos d'Ane Meursault Premier Cru
Price: $332.00 Your Price: $292.16 Quantity in Stock: 3
2019 Domaine LeFlaive Bourgogne Blanc
Price: $120.60 Your Price: $106.13 Quantity in Stock: 3
2019 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon
Price: $350.00 Your Price: $308.00 Quantity in Stock: 3
2019 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet
Price: $230.00 Your Price: $202.40 Quantity in Stock: 3
2019 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon Magnum
Price: $770.00 Your Price: $677.60 Quantity in Stock: 1
2018 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet
Price: $214.50 Your Price: $188.76 Quantity in Stock: 1
2018 Domaine Leflaive Pouilly Fuisse
Price: $102.00 Your Price: $89.76 Quantity in Stock: 2
2018 Domaine LeFlaive Bourgogne Blanc
Price: $111.75 Your Price: $98.34 Quantity in Stock: 4
2018 Domaine LeFlaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru
Price: $1263.75 Your Price: $1112.10 Quantity in Stock: 4
2018 Domaine Leflaive Sous le Dos d'Ane Meursault Premier Cru
Price: $326.25 Your Price: $287.10 Quantity in Stock: 5
2018 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon
Price: $326.25 Your Price: $287.10 Quantity in Stock: 6
2018 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Pucelles 1er Cru
Price: $594.00 Your Price: $522.72 Quantity in Stock: 6
2017 Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru
Price: $975.00 Your Price: $858.00 Quantity in Stock: 3
2016 Domaine Leflaive Macon Verze
Price: $51.00 Your Price: $44.88 Quantity in Stock: 2
2016 Domaine Leflaive Sous le Dos d'Ane Meursault Premier Cru MAGNUM
Price: $525.00 Your Price: $462.00 Quantity in Stock: 3
2015 Domaine Leflaive Auxey Duresses
Price: $78.75 Your Price: $69.30 Quantity in Stock: 9
2015 Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc
Price: $72.00 Your Price: $63.36 Quantity in Stock: 11
The roots of the Leflaive family go back to 1717 when Claude Leflaive took up residence in Puligny-Montrachet, intent upon cultivating several acres of vineyards. The domaine, in its present form, was created by Joseph Leflaive between the years of 1910 and 1930, as a result of his successive purchases of vineyards and houses.
Today, the domaine extends over 24 hectares (59.3 acres) in Puligny-Montrachet, of which 4.8 hectares (11.9 acres) are grands crus and 10.8 hectares (26.7 acres) are premiers crus, all growing one varietal: Chardonnay. Since 2004 the domaine has expanded into the Mâconnais and cultivates some 20 hectares 49.4 acres) in Mâcon-Verzé and Solutré-Pouilly.
Domaine Leflaive is one of the pioneers of biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy. After increasing trials at the beginning of the 1990s, conversion has been total since 1996. Biodynamics is a method of cultivation based upon a sensitive understanding of natural phenomenon, taking into account terrestrial and lunar rhythms. It strictly excludes the use of all chemical products. It seeks first to promote the life of the soil and the development of a number of important species. The preparations used in biodynamics allow the vine to reinforce its own immunity by respecting the natural balance of fauna and flora. It provides the organic matter — vegetable, animal and mineral — transformed (horn of manure, horn of silica and other preparations based on wild herbs such as yarrow, chamomile and nettles).
Thus the wines can better express the qualities and particularities of their terroirs. The soils in Puligny-Montrachet are calcareous clay with different percentages of clay and limestone, according to the locations. The soil also includes trace elements: traces of iron, magnesium, boron that assure nourishment to the roots that make a difference to each vine.
In the cellars, the same philosophy of respect presides over the entire vinification process and follows the purest Burgundian tradition: long and natural fermentations in oak barrels in the first year and in stainless steel the second winter. Fermentations are solely from indigenous yeasts. A light bâtonnage (stirring of the lees) is practiced between the end of alcoholic fermentation and beginning of malolactic fermentation. Bottling takes place in the springtime of the second year.
Domaine Leflaive has been entirely a family domaine since its creation. Brice de La Morandière, great grandson of the founder, Joseph Leflaive, represents the fourth generation at the head of the domaine. In 2015, after an international career in industry, he succeeded Anne-Claude, pioneer in biodynamics. It is with the same philosophy of respect for the great terroirs, humility toward the forces of nature, and relentless pursuit of excellence in viticulture and in winemaking that the domaine will continue to grow in the future.
Pure Burgundian Origins
The Leflaive family established residence in Puligny in 1717, when Claude Leflaive married a girl from the village and became one of the first vignerons on record in Puligny. His house, on today’s Place du Monument, was the family headquarters for 10 generations, all linked to the vine and winemaking.
Act 1: The Founding of the Domaine: Joseph Leflaive
Joseph Leflaive inherited the family property and 2 hectares (4.94 acres) of vines in 1905. At that time the small amount of wine produced was sold to negociants. Joseph was a brilliant student, graduating from l’École Polytechnique at the age of 20. As a maritime engineer he took part in the design and construction of the first French submarine. Despite his maritime career, Joseph retained strong ties to his family domaine and over the years gradually built up its vineyard holdings.
In the aftermath of the phylloxera and oïdium epidemics of the late 19th century, numerous vineyard owners were selling their land. This was a golden opportunity for Joseph, who acquired parcels in exceptional climats: Le Chevalier, Le Bâtard, Les Bienvenues, Les Pucelles and Le Clavoillon. By 1926, he had increased his domaine’s holdings to 20 hectares (49.4 acres). He then returned to Puligny to oversee the estate. Working with his respected friend and steward, François Virot, Joseph systematically replanted his vineyards with Chardonnay vines grafted onto selected phylloxera-resistant rootstocks which were better adapted to each parcel.
Act 2: The Second Generation
Upon Joseph’s death in 1953, his four children chose to maintain the domaine’s unity. Vincent Leflaive and his brother Joseph-Régis (Jo) ran the family domaine together. Vincent was described by Clive Coates in his 1997 book, “Côte d’Or,” as “doyen of Puligny and a man of great charm, wit, hospitality and winemaking genius.” It was Vincent who acquired a tiny parcel of Le Montrachet in 1991, large enough to produce only a single 228-liter (60-gallon) cask. The domaine now has parcels in four of the five Montrachet grands crus and four of the best premiers crus, including a large portion of Clavoillon, for a total of 24 hectares (59.3 acres).
Act 3: The Third Generation: Anne-Claude Leflaive
In 1990, Vincent’s daughter, Anne-Claude Leflaive, and Jo’s son, Olivier, became co-directors of the domaine. Olivier has since concentrated on his négociant business, and after her father’s death in 1993, Anne-Claude assumed responsibility for the family’s domaine. The ascendancy of a new generation at Domaine Leflaive brought a spirit of re-evaluation and experimentation, particularly in the vineyards.
One of Anne-Claude’s first priorities was to analyze the microbial activity in the soil, with a view to restoring the health of the vineyards, many of which have been cultivated for decades using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. She began experimental biodynamic treatments of one hectare (2.47 acres) in 1990. By 1997, Domaine Leflaive was being farmed entirely according to biodynamic principles.
Anne-Claude’s dedication was evident in every aspect of the domaine, from her respect for the living soil to her commitment to quality throughout the winemaking process. Her progressive approach firmly cemented Domaine Leflaive as a benchmark for white Burgundy producers. In her own words, “I think the most important challenge I have to face is to maintain the highest quality possible … and to continue working with agricultural techniques that are ecologically correct, to set an example for all those who work in vineyards around the world.” Sadly, in 2015 Anne-Claude passed away, but surely she met the challenges set for herself. Her respect for nature, the vineyard and biodynamic principles will be an inspiration for generations.
Act 4: The Fourth Generation: Brice de La Morandière
Brice de La Morandière, great grandson of the founder, Joseph Leflaive, represents the fourth generation at the head of the domaine. In 2015, after an international career in industry, he succeeded Anne-Claude, pioneer in biodynamics. It is with the same philosophy of respect for the great terroirs, humility toward the forces of nature, and relentless pursuit of excellence in viticulture and in winemaking that the domaine will continue to grow in the future.