About This Vineyard
Considered the pinnacle of Burgundy, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti produces some of the world’s most revered (and most expensive) wines from its tiny vineyards in Vosne-Romanée. The domaine’s vineyards are managed with a large nod to biodynamic principles and organic agriculture, with tractors recently being replaced by horses to reduce the compaction of soil. Yields are very low, at around 25 hl/hectare, and they harvest the grapes later than most vineyards in Burgundy.
Minimum intervention in the winery allows an entirely natural vinification. There is no de-stalking of the grapes, which undergo a very long cuvaison – up to a month – and fermentation is carried out at relatively low temperatures. The Domaine has its private supply of oak from the Troncais forests. 100% new oak is used and maturation time depends on the quality of the vintage. New oak is used to eliminate any possibility of contamination which might result from older casks, and to marry the unique qualities of the fruit. There is no filtration and if racking off the lees is required this is done by gravity from cask to cask, never pumped. If the wines need to be fined, then fresh eggs are used. The wines spend sixteen to twenty months in wood before bottling. Both assemblage and bottling are done by gravity and usually cask by cask.