1988 Domaine de la Romanee Conti St. Vivant Burgundy - 750ml

1988 Domaine de la Romanee Conti St. Vivant Burgundy - 750ml

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1988 DRC St. Vivant Burgundy

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, or DRC as it is commonly known, is easily Burgundy's most world renown and most collectible wines in the world. Based in the Burgundy village of Vosne-Romanée, the Domaine makes wines from eight different grand cru vineyards that span the length of the Côte d'Or. The most famous comes from the eponymous Romanée-Conti vineyard, and on average is the most expensive wine in the world.

The Domaine makes mostly Pinot Noir-based wines from 28 hectares (69 acres) of grand cru vineyard – represented alongside Romanée-Conti are La Tache, Romanée-Saint-Vivant and Richebourg in Vosne-Romanée; Corton-Bressandes, Corton Clos du Roi and Corton Renardes in Corton; and Échezeaux and Grands Échezeaux. Le Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune make DRC's only Chardonnay-based white wines.

Of course, La Romanée-Conti is the Domaine's most famous asset, and the amount of wine made from less than 2ha (5 acres) of land amounts to just 6000 bottles a year. The vineyard has a long history, dating back to the Abbey of Saint-Vivant in the 13th Century. It took on the Romanée name in 1631, and the Conti in 1760. In 1869, it was obtained by Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet, who left it to his great grandchildren upon his death. It was then that the Société-Civile du Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was established to avoid Napoleonic inheritance laws.

Today, DRC is owned in part by the de Villaine family and in part by the Leroy family. Aubert de Villaine is the figurehead of the company now – although it was famously run by Lalou Bize-Leroy for a time, until a dispute saw her ousted from control. The Leroy family is now represented by Henri-Frederic Roch.


Product Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 1988
Rating RP90
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating RP90 - 1988 DRC St. Vivant Burgundy I had a slight reservation about the Romanee St.-Vivant. As in 1987 I wondered whether the 1988 was excessively tannic and a gamble for the long run. There is no doubting its massive constitution full body and rich extract but the tannins seemed extremely hard and tough and this wine would appear to be at least a decade away from drinkability. Perhaps because one so rarely encounters this old-style tannic type of burgundy it is tempting to dismiss it as too hard and tough. Yet this wine might very well have the unheard-of aging potential of 30 or more years. The prices for the wines of the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti may be exorbitant but the quality of the wines produced in the eighties is truly remarkable. The 1988s are celestial wines selling at stratospheric prices. The 1988 production was twice what it was in 1987 but the same as in 1985. The 1988s are fuller-bodied deeper more concentrated wines than the superb 1987s and will need some time in the cellar to shed their generous amounts of tannin. The only vintage they can be favorably compared with is the 1985 vintage and the 1985s were a great deal more forward and flattering to taste when young. There is more depth in the 1988s than in the 1986s or even the superb 1980s which turned out to be the finest wines made in that underrated vintage. RP Drinking and showing quite nice now!!

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Winery Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 1988
Rating RP90
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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