S otheby’s Wine in Continental Europe is delighted to present Monumental DRC I From Bottles to Methuselahs I Exceptional Provenance, an outstanding private collection of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the most prestigious and sought-after Domaine in Burgundy.
All those vinous gems were purchased on release, directly at the Domaine and have been stored undisturbed within a professional, temperature-humidity-controlled warehouse on the Continent, where they were inspected by Sotheby’s Wine Experts in June 2022. Most of the wines are in original wooden cases and were banded until inspection.
It is a great privilege to offer such a comprehensive selection of the wine world’s most illustrious wine. This sale features rare and sought-after cases in a variety of bottle formats, including magnums, jeroboams and rare methuselahs.
This wonderful selection of wine comes from a much larger collection, that has been assembled with a focus on quality and provenance, by a truly knowledgeable, passionate wine lover.
An offering of this magnitude is ultra-rare and shall please all DRC devotees, collectors and wine connoisseurs from around the world.
Monumental DRC I From Bottles to Methuselahs I Exceptional Provenance will open for online bidding on June 17th at 2pm CET, culminating in an online-streamed, live auction on Thursday 30 June at 2pm CET.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the Wine Department for advice and assistance.
- Lot 50
- Lot 48
- Lot 10
- Lot 49
- Lot 59
- Lot 57
- Lot 27
An Appreciation of Monumental DRC I From Bottles to Methuselahs I Exceptional Provenance
By Serena Suctliffe MW, Honorary Chairman of Sotheby's Wine
A great Domaine de la Romanée Conti sale inspires reverence. However, it has to be admitted that it also creates a sense of wild excitement, because these glorious wines do not ‘grow on trees’ - yes, they ‘grow’ in vineyards, but not in great quantities! It is always with an intake of breath that we see and inspect a collection of DRC wines that come with the perfect passport of impeccable provenance. Then you add the element of noble vintages and the mosaic of all the Domaine holdings and you have lift off, the extraordinary richness and variety of Grands Crus (with one splendid 1er Cru) that are the stars of Burgundy. The only regret is that this unrivalled wine area is so small, albeit magnificent, and demand is, unsurprisingly, global.
This historic Domaine has, happily for us all, benefited from ownership of the highest reputation. The vintages in this sale cover the period when co-owner Aubert de Villaine was presiding over this astounding terroir and his meticulous care and attention to detail have marked the array of crus and years we are now offering. During this period, all the advantages of an early move to organic principles and minimum, but judicious, intervention have been the hallmarks of management. The extraordinary vineyard sites and a philosophy of both flexibility and tradition have done the rest.
So, we proceed from 1990 to 2010, with all the great stops along the way. We also progress from bottles to magnums, jeroboams to Methuselahs, the Côte de Nuits to the Côte de Beaune, and from red to the renowned, but rarely seen, Montrachet. It would be a pointless exercise to pick out favourites – I do not get enough practice anyway! However, the irresistible 1999s in large format would have to be contenders – but then I would have to bypass the 2010s, which are wonders of the world even if we know we should be sage and try not to pull their corks for a few more years so that they can reach their apogee.
We are sure that these unforgettable wines will find new homes amongst International connoisseurs of Burgundy’s finest Domaine.
- DRC Corton
- DRC Echézeaux
- DRC Grands Echézeaux
- DRC Romanée St. Vivant
- DRC Richebourg
- DRC La Tâche
- DRC Romanée-Conti
- DRC Montrachet
Corton 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (2 BT)At the end of 2008, the Domaine acquired from the family of the Prince de Mérode an extended lease on three Grands Crus on the hill of Corton – Le Clos du Roi (0.57 ha), Les Bressandes (1.2 ha) and Les Renardes (0.5 ha). The diversity of the three vineyards has added subtle undertones to each vintage and the result is wines that love bottle age, while offering relatively youthful appeal. - Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Echézeaux 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (1 JM30)Echézeaux has real flair and a dashing character to it, sometimes, but not always, coming to the fore earlier than the other DRC wines, with its enchanting brambly bouquet and creamy, redcurrant fruit – the tannic structure may seem soft, but it is very much there, as in all DRC wines. As always, the breed and purity indicate glorious, top Burgundy right from the outset. - Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Grands Echézeaux 2010 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (1 MAG)Grands Echézeaux is usually less showy than Echézeaux at the start of its life, deploying its dual gifts of power and finesse. The ‘hidden depths’ metaphor can be applied here, but they do not stay hidden for long, as the mouth-filling qualities impose themselves as time passes, although embarking upon bottles as one watches developments is always a temptation. - Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Romanée St. Vivant 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (1 METH)With its relatively deep soil, the vineyard was replanted over a number of years and one has seen even greater refinement in the wines as the decades have passed. Almost shadowing Romanée-Conti itself, its sheer class creeps up on you, underpinned by rich Vosne earth, never tamed but aristocratic to the core. - Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Richebourg 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (1 MAG)The Domaine owns nearly half of this appellation, in several superbly-sited plots. Perhaps the name has an influence on the wines, as Richebourg displays a deep colour and a velvety richness that rolls round the mouth and is utterly satisfying – it can be a Rubens of a wine. - Serena Sutcliffe, MW
La Tâche 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (6 BT)Since 1933, entirely owned by the Domaine and recognised as the appellation of La Tâche in 1936, there is real complexity of terroir here as it also includes Les Gaudichots de La Tâche, a strip of vineyard that stretches from top to bottom of the slope. Inevitably, and perhaps slightly pointlessly, it is often ‘compared’ to Romanée Conti itself, far smaller in size but joining it at the pinnacle of Burgundy’s vinous heights. - Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Romanée Conti 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (6 BT)Rarity alone is not an explanation of the magical properties of Romanée-Conti – it has to be a combination of terroir and care, for mere marl and limestone is just the point of departure. Often slower to emerge than La Tâche, smoke and roses at first, then filigree laciness and piercing, intense flavour to finish, this is ultimate beauty. - Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Montrachet 2006 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (3 BT)Le Montrachet always needs to mature in bottle for its full, glorious voluptuous character to open out and stun you with its dimension and complex fruit flavours. The richness and all-enveloping opulence of this wine reflects the sunlight and warmth of the vineyards here – this is impressive power, plumbing the depths of what Chardonnay can do in an unique and very precious setting. - Serena Sutcliffe, MW