DRC 2008

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is one of the world’s greatest wine domains. It’s thrilling wines are scarily expensive – but even if you can afford them, the real issue is getting hold of them.

Fortunately, each year Corney & Barrow – who have exclusivity of these wines in the UK – put on a tasting for trade and press, so those of us who aren’t exceedingly wealthy can assess the latest vintage. Today, they were showing the 2008s.

Now 2008 was a tricky vintage indeed, but the wines are still, as you would expect, remarkably good. It’s the sort of Burgundy vintage I like – paler colour, high acidity, lovely freshness. I think these wines will live for a long time, largely because of the lovely acidity they possess.

Richebourg was a bit odd. Still lovely, but with a slightly confected red cherry character to the fruit, and very firm yet fine-grained structure. Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux were more dark cherry in fruit profile, and quite expressive, with some nice greenness – and the latter showing quite firm structure.

Romanee St Vivant was exotic and open, with stern spiciness and green sappy notes reining in the exuberant fruit. Real potential. La Tache was stern, spicy, grippy and in need of a lot of patience – probably the most backward wine in the line-up. Romanee-Conti was the highlight, with spellbinding complexity, and a nice tension between the sweet fruit and the green, spicy, savoury notes.

It’s not the most seductive line-up from DRC, but 2008 looks like a beautifully fresh, savoury year that will reward patience, and should be more to the tastes of real Burgundy lovers than point-chasing status drinkers, who might find the wines a bit difficult.

What would I buy? Echezeaux (£175 a bottle in bond) and Romanee St Vivant (£432.50/bottle) are the stand-outs. £1616.67 for a bottle of the Romanee-Conti is just a little too much.

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6 comments to DRC 2008

  • keith prothero

    Not sure why C and B bother,other than a PR exercise for the company, as obviously whatever you guys think of the wine,it will sell out.
    If I owned DRC, I would tell C and B to stop wasting money :)

  • So, so lucky. Only in my wildest dreams. Love your photographs; elegant and classic just like the DRC labels.Also FFS is extraordinarily cute if my fiancée and I were in England we’d be very tempted.

  • Jamie,

    I notice that your photo of Corney & Barrow’s 2008 DRC Romanee-Conti (above) shows a label with the words: “Bouteille No: 00000″. Any ideas why it’s not tagged as one of the 3,151 bottles?

    Dan Hertz, Fine Wine Appraiser
    danhertz.com.

  • jamie goode

    This is the numbering used for sample bottles which have to be defaced after the tasting

  • Chef

    Dear Jamie,

    Why we can still see some No.00000 on the market?

    Thanks.

  • Nice tasting, unfortunately the Danish importer does’nt make a tasting like this. They are lovely wines, but the prices are …… high.

    The Romaee Saint Vivant is getting better and better, the Echezeaux is fine, but the terroir is not that great in my view. Ecezeaux is a difficult check my article on Echezeaux – http://winehog.org/echezeaux-grand-cru-standard-584/

    So would go for the Romanee Saint-Vivant!

    Cheers

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