Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is all about perfection.
La Romanée-Conti is a grand cru vineyard, located in the village of Vosne-Romanée, which belongs to the Côtes de Nuits in Burgundy.
It is probably the most famous winery in Burgundy.
Domaine La Romanée-Conti produces 8 grand cru wines:
Romanée-Saint Vivant, Grands Echézeaux, Le Montrachet, Le Richebourg, Corton, La Tâche and La Romanée-Conti.
Since 2008 the winery has been working its own vineyards in a biodynamic way. This results in an even better balance, more tension and complexity. But before 2008, the vines were already treated completely organically. They strive for a natural balance, in which the position of the sun and the moon play an important role.
Did you know that at an auction in the United States in 2018, a bottle of La Romanée-Conti from 1945 sold for $558,000. Only 600 bottles of La Romanée-Conti were produced that year. The bottle came from someone's private collection and had an estimated value of $32,000.
The DRC estate has been owned by Jacques-Marie Duvault and Sophie Blochet since 1869. He was both a winegrower and wine merchant, and also a General Councillor of the Côte d'Or. Renowned for his work in oenology, he was one of the most outstanding figures in Burgundy.
His life's dream: To own La Romanée-Conti. He achieved his dream at the age of 79, but regrettably died died 5 years later. When he died, the vineyard, like the rest of the vast estate he had built up, remained in the family, divided in two but undivided between his daughters Claudine Constance Massin and Henriette Dupuis. Today it is still in the family with Aubert de Villaine and Henry-Frédéric Roch at the helm.
Roald Dahl once said:
"Sense for me this perfume! Breathe this bouquet! Taste it! Drink it!
But never try to describe it! Impossible to give an account of such a delicacy with words!To drink Romanée-Conti is equivalent to experiencing an orgasm at once in the mouth and in the nose.’
At this auction we had 22 lots of 47 bottles of DRC.
Take a look at one of these popular lots, lot 441 showing an assortiment of 12 DRC bottles in original wooden case!
This lot gained 15 bids and was auctioned off for no less than €75250.
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Petrus, Heaven on earth
On our 23rd wine auction, a total of 82 bottles of Petrus were listed, including 51 bottles of 1960!
It is rare to find Petrus this old, it is very rare to find Petrus in this quantity and even more so in a near perfectly preserved state!
After careful inspection by our antique wine experts, we confirmed that these bottles were the real deal. Truly a spectacular find.
Petrus’ divine hidden message
As the number one most famous wine out of Pomerol, Petrus truly has a deep and interesting story to itself.
The “old man” that is always displayed on the bottle, represents Saint Peter, also known as Pétrus, first of the apostles and first bishop of Rome.
As stated in a Gospel, Jesus says to Peter, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Petrus, using both the apostle “Saint Peter” on the bottle and “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” on the wooden case, try very subtly to hint that their wine is bound by Saint Peter himself and is the very wine that is being drunk in heaven. A wine that has been chosen by a holy saint and the first apostle himself. Stating that Petrus is only and shall always be divine and exclusive. Be it on earth or in heaven.
Every wine has it’s own story, but Petrus’ is truly divine.
One of our lots of 1960 Petrus sold for an incredible €13.800!
Our most expensive lot was 2002 Petrus, selling for €16.000.
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The estate is located in the village of Avize, in the Côte de Blancs. A family business with 8 hectares of vines in the cru's of Avize, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Ay, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Ambonnay. The Selosse family started their first vinification in 1964. In 1974 Anselme Selosse took over and is still in charge today. Anselme studied in Côte-d'Or, in the city of Beaune at the Lycée Viticole de Beaune.
Today, they make about 50,000 bottles a year and grow this beautiful product on a plot of 8.3 hectares of which 7.3 hectares are Chardonnay and the rest Pinot noir. The vines have an average age of 55 years.
The domain produces as many as 12 different cuvées. Here are a few examples:
- Initial Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
- Version Originale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra-Brut
- Substance Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra-Brut
- Millésimé Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs (Extra)-Brut
- Brut Rosé
- Exquise Blanc de Blancs Sec
- 6 Lieux-Dits
All these wines have low acidity, are mineral, opulently full and very concentrated, with impressions of ripe yellow fruit, such as apricots and peaches.
Because only 55,000 bottles are produced each year, it is not easy to get hold of one. Moreover, the bottles are highly sought after by connoisseurs.
What does Ansalme do with its champagne that makes it so unique?
Ansalme is a fan of the solera system. The maturation takes place in wooden barrels, an unusual action in Champagne, where maturing in stainless steel tanks is usually chosen. This is how they give their champagne the typical oxidative style of the Selosse house.
During this auction we had 4 bottles of Jacques Selosse, divided over 3 lots with no less than 26 bids.
Focusing on 1 bottle that we auctioned, lot 25 the Jacques Selosse extra brut Millésime 2007. This bottle gained 10 bids and was auctioned for €1150.
The “Jacky Truchot Style”
For 32 years, Jacky Truchot-Martin has been making wines as one of the modern mysteries of Burgundy. Going under the radar for most of its lifespan, prices are sky high as of now. Clos de la Roche is leaving auctions and being sold for thousands of euros!
An Unwavering Consistency
Returning from his French military service in 1961, Jacky Truchot-Martin started helping and showing real interest in a domaine owned by his older nephew, Henri Mauffré.
Training by his side, they produced wines throughout the 70s, falling under the name: “Domaine Mauffré-Truchot”.
Their wines gained the reputation of being rather lightweight but aromatic and astonishing Pinot Noir wines.
After having worked together for over a decade, Jacky Truchot took hold of the reigns and took over the domaine, labeling his wines from this year onward: “Domaine J. Truchot-Martin”.
For 32 years, Jacky followed his beliefs and was steadfast on his traditional ways of producing his wines. He followed certain standards such as: never adding stems, not using new oak, not cutting any fields, no fining, no filtration… You could say that his wines were made just as nature intended them to be.
With his retirement in 2005, he sold almost all of his vineyards to David Duband, except for a small parcel of the Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbés vineyard.
Jacky continued to produce wine from this vineyard, only this time with his focus on producing, it was for his own consumption and enjoyment. Only 2 vintages of this wine have reached the market, being 2011 and 2017.
Jacky Truchot-Martin started off as an unknown mystery in the enormous burgundy world. Yet through his strong belief in tradition, loyal following and consistent quality of wines, Jacky’s wines are quickly rising to the burgundy top, challenging prices of even Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
A hidden gem worth its price
Our most expensive lot sold for €12.000, being 4 bottles of 2004 Clos de la Roche – Jacky Truchot.
Our most sought-after lot had 39 biddings, being 4 bottles of 2000 Charmes Chambertin Vieilles Vignes – Jacky Truchot.
Click here to see all our Jacky Truchot lots during our 23rd auction.