Domaine de la Romanee-Conti `Echezeaux` Grand Cru 1985 (1 x 750mL), FR.

Description:

Of all Domaine's wines, it is the most forward, the least complex, It opens out before the others with a ravishing clarity of expression, uncomplicated and cleanly etched; a caressing softness cloaks a steely skeleton which permits it to evolve with elegance. He is the younger brother of Grands-Echézeaux, the glorious eldest whose fortune Echézeaux aspires to equal. It sometimes comes very close when it speaks the muscular language of the conquistadors.

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Of all Domaine's wines, it is the most forward, the least complex, It opens out before the others with a ravishing clarity of expression, uncomplicated and cleanly etched; a caressing softness cloaks a steely skeleton which permits it to evolve with elegance. He is the younger brother of Grands-Echézeaux, the glorious eldest whose fortune Echézeaux aspires to equal. It sometimes comes very close when it speaks the muscular language of the conquistadors.

Region:
FRA - Burgundy
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

The Echezeaux, normally the lightest and least distinguished of these wines, is the best I have tasted from them. Deep ruby, with a fragrant, rich, complex bouquet of violets and spicy oak, this full-bodied wine is quite long, velvety, and will keep until 1995-2000. This fabled estate has had a brilliant track record since 1978. Lalou Bize-Leroy and Aubert de Villaine seem to have everything tightly within their grasps, so it is unlikely that some of the lapses in quality control that occurred previously will resurface. I am sure they still cannot understand why their estate is so frequently singled out for malicious attacks, but no one should have any trouble appreciating the domaine's 1985s, which are their best wines in decades, even surpassing their sensational 1978s. The problem is coming up with the cash to finance them. The wines, aged in 100% new oak, are never filtered. Rating 92 - Robret Parker

Very ripe and still quite fresh with black fruit mixed with spicy secondary aromas that lead to robust, slightly rustic yet stylish and rich flavors that still display some structure on the moderately long finish. This is really quite pretty and certainly a very good showing for this wine. While it's drinking well now there is no rush. Consistent notes. Rating 91 - Allen Meadows, Burghound.com Oct 17, 2004

Winery Profile

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The most prestigious wine estate in Burgundy, based in Vosne-Romanée. 'The Domaine', as it is frequently called, is co-owned by the de Villaine and leroy families and produces only grand cru wines: one white, Le Montrachet, and six reds: Romanée-Conti and La Tâche (both monopoles of the domaine), Richebourg, Romanée-St-Vivant, Échézeaux, and Grands Échézeaux. For more details of individual wines, see Vosne-Romanée and Échézeaux. The Domaine is the exception to the law according to which no estate in Burgundy may be named after a specific vineyard. Its wines are notable for their richness and longevity.

History

What is now Romanée-Conti was identified by the monks of St-Vivant as Le Cloux des Cinq Journaux in 1512 and sold off, as Le Cros de Cloux, in 1584 to Claude Cousin. His nephew and heir Germain Danton sold again to Jacques Vénot in 1621. Vénot's daughter married a Croonembourg, which family retained the vineyard, now known as La Romanée (first mentioned in 1651), for four generations until it was sold to the Prince de Conti in 1760. The title Romanée-Conti was not used, however, until after dispossession by the revolutionaries and its sale by auction in 1794.

Romanée-Conti was bought by Julien Ouvard in 1819 and sold by his heirs to Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet 50 years later. Duvault-Blochet's eventual heirs were the de Villaine family. In 1911, Edmond Guidon de Villaine became director of what was now known as the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, selling a half-share in 1942 to his friend Henri Leroy.

Over the years, Duvault-Blochet built up major vineyard ownership including part of Échezeaux, Grands Échézeaux, Richebourg, and the section of La Tâche known as Les Gaudichots. In 1933, the rest of La Tâche was bought from the Liger-Belair family, making a monopoly, and a small holding of Le Montrachet (0.67 ha/1.6 acres) was added in three slices between 1963 and 1980. The Domaine entered into a long-term contract to farm and produce the wines of Domaine Marey-Monge's holding of Romanée-St-Vivant before eventually buying the land in 1988. This necessitated selling part of their Échézeaux vineyards and a slice of Grands Échézeaux, although they continue to farm the land and bottle the wines. Further vineyards owned by the Domaine in Vosne-Romanée and Bâtard-Montrachet are sold in bulk.

View Domaine de la Romanee-Conti website

Other Information

  • 1985 vintage
  • 1 x 750mL unit
  • FRA - Burgundy, Imported
  • Cork closure
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