1997 DRC Domaine de la Romanee Conti Montrachet Burgundy Magnum - 1500ml

1997 DRC Domaine de la Romanee Conti Montrachet Burgundy Magnum - 1500ml

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1997 DRC Montrachet Burgundy - 94 Points!

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.


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Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 1997
Rating 94 BH
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Beaune
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Color White
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Burghound 94 BH - 1997 DRC Montrachet Burgundy - 94 Points! Having retasted DRC's 1997 Montrachet in March 2000 it was apparent that my earlier assessment was both conservative in judgement and anticipated maturity dates. It reveals a straw/goldish color and loads of tropical fruit mineral anise and buttered aromas. This massive medium-to-full-bodied and dense wine displays layers of spice creamy super-ripe pears creme brulee and hints of butterscotch in its opulent flavor profile. Velvety-textured and broad it is forward yet better balanced than originally perceived. RP Explosive complex and dramatically fragrant aromas of peach pear touch of earth and a trace of wood spice introduce massively-scaled extremely ripe flavors that simply assault the palate. Exceptionally powerful and very masculine this is an opulent take-no-prisoners style of wine that manages to avoid excess and delivers the weight and power with grace and the beautifully balanced finish lasts for minutes. While it this could certainly be drunk now with pleasure this seems to have another year or two of upside and I would be inclined to hold it a bit longer. As with the '97 Leflaive this is indisputably a stunning success for the vintage. Consistent notes. BH

Winery Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 1997
Rating 94 BH
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Beaune
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Color White
Wine Type Table

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