between Gevrey and Vougeot, in Vosne
Romanée, the plot
called Romanée-Conti has
at first glance nothing extraordinary. Did not Stendhal
use to say " Whithout those magnificent wines, I would
think nowhere in the world is uglier".
Romanée-Conti covers about 1,8 hectares. It is exposed south at the limit
of the Richebourg. Its ground contain a very fine clay which does not exist in
the neighbouring plots. The natural draining is perfect.
The plot Romanée-Conti was traced during the XVth century, and maybe earliest
in the XIIth century by the monks of Saint-Viviant. You must imagine the Pinot
Noir the monks collected in Burgundy forests and very carefully selected;
any how it does not give satisfactory results any where, except there.
The result his a subtile equation between grape, soil, climate, orientation and
watering. The legend pretends that, until 1945, a good vine-plant was sacrificed
and buried, just living two shoots out, developing itself it gave two new vine-plants.
When the vineyard was reconstituted, intricate roots more than a meter deep where
discovered. It was from that mulch that the new vine-plants had drawn the specific
feature of Romanée-Conti.
"We are the keeper of a certain philosophy of wine and, mainly, we are concern
by the perfection in details" assures Aubert de Vilaine, one of the owners of
the place with the Leroys.
Those two families also look after 25 hectares of some of the most famous Burgundy crus.
Thus, the client must aqcuire the wines of the domains by boxes of twelve, which
means one bottle of Romanée-Conti among 11 bottles of other domains. A
box of twelve bottles is worth about 3,000 Euros.
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