Domaine de la Romanée Conti 2009
Tasting the eagerly awaited 2009s from this famous Burgundy domaine

2009 has been celebrated as a great year for red Burgundy, so the release of Domaine de la Romanée Conti’s 2009s has been eagerly awaited.

The UK launch took place today at Corney & Barrow’s offices. As the sole agents for DRC in the UK, they are responsible for the tricky job of allocating the wines. While they are expensive, they are offered at a price somewhat below the open market value because the domaine wants collectors to buy and drink the stuff. Of course, this creates an opportunity for flippers (people who buy with the intention of quick resale at a higher price), but to deter this serial numbers are taken and people lose their allocations if they resell the wines without first offering them back to Corney & Barrow. There’s an unwritten five year rule—that’s the length of time that you need to keep them before reselling them without risk of trouble.

These days 95% of the wine goes straight to private clients. The big exception in 2009 will be the 1er Cru Duvault-Blochet which will be targeted at restaurants. Ultimately, the domaine want to encourage consumption, because unless corks are popped the secondary market is all about speculation, and there’s the risk of a bubble developing. 

Back to the wine. 2009 is a ripe vintage, but DRC have managed brilliantly to keep freshness, precision and tension in the wines. There’s no heaviness or over-ripeness in these wines. I think that this is a superb line-up of particularly ageworthy wines, yet they are (as is normal) surprisingly delicious and approachable now. The tannins on many of them are fine but quite firm, and there’s some nice greenness in some of the wines which will resolve beautifully in bottle. Catch them if you can!


Domaine de la Romanée Conti Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Duvault-Blochet 2009
Savoury yet elegant with lovely precision. Red cherry fruit, herbs and spice with some mineral notes. Fresh and fine, in a slightly lighter style. 93/100

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Corton 2009
The first release of this wine. In 2008 the domaine took out a lease on three small plots from Domaine Prince Florence de M
érode totalling 2.3 hectares, which for now are all blended but when all the vines are of sufficient age will be offered separately. This has lovely aromatics with bright vivid black cherry fruit and lively spiciness. The palate is firmly structured and assertive with notes of spice, plums and cherries, backed up by high acidity. One for the long haul. 95/100

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Échézeaux 2009
Very pretty open nose of sweet cherry fruit, yet with some restrained green notes too. The palate is structured and quite grippy with a bit of greenness as well as some spicy chocolatey notes. Lovely structure and texture here, with some volume on the mid palate. 95/100

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Grands Échézeaux 2009
Very fine and sweetly aromatic on the nose, with elegance and refinement, as well as purity. The palate is taut and fine with an attractive green edge to the cherry fruit. Fine-grained but firm structure with purity and finesse. Sappy, intense. 95/100

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Richebourg 2009
Beautifully fine, elegant nose with lovely tension between the sweet ripe cherry fruit and the green overtones. The palate shows vivid cherry fruit and some green herbal notes. Really elegant but quite powerfully structured. Already harmonious, but with lots of room for further development. 96/100

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Romanée-St-Vivant 2009
Smooth aromatics of sweet cherry and berry fruit, with some mineral notes. Very fine. The palate is sweet with a bit of oak apparent. Very ripe and pure with lush cherry and plum fruit. Silky texture with fine-grained tannins. An incredible mouthfeel: concentrated, smooth, elegant. 97/100

Domaine de la Romanée Conti la Tâche 2009
Incredible nose: the real outlier of this group. Roast coffee, herbs, black cherry and spice. Very showy and also a little reduced. The palate is sweetly fruited with cherry and plums as well as a bit of reductive grippiness. Firm tannins alongside sweet, intense black cherry fruit. A bit angular now but with great potential. 96/100

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Romanée-Conti
Sweet, rich and pure on the nose with dense cherry and plum fruit, as well as some attractive green sappy notes. The palate is powerful yet really fresh and elegant, showing nice pure linear cherry fruit with firm, fine structure. Concentrated, so fresh, so pure, and with so much potential. 97/100

A short film from the tasting: 

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