Domaine de la Romanée-Conti isn’t exactly easy to find, but Christie’s wine department has you covered.
The auction house is sending under the hammer this month an exceptional DRC collection that comes from the cellar of a single discerning collector. The “Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Vinous Perfection” online sale, which will run from April 19 to May 3, features 47 lots in total that collectively feature some of the best DRC vintages of the past four decades.
For the uninformed, this exalted producer is the only Domaine in Burgundy to produce wine exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards. Moreover, the DRC offers only 6,000 to 8,000 cases per year. As a result, it ranks among the most revered and sought-after wines in the world.
This particular collection is exceptional in terms of condition and provenance, according to Christie’s. Indeed, each bottle has been carefully sourced, then stored in a private cellar at controlled temperature and humidity. Christie’s says the labels and tiers are “perfect”, with several bottles offered in original wooden crates.
Leading the sale is a lot of 1988 La Tâche. Although the ’88 was not heralded as one of the best vintages of the century, DRC co-owner and co-manager Aubert de Villaine described it as a “powerful” vintage. This lot includes nine bottles and is expected to fetch between $32,000 and $50,000.
Another highlight is the 1996 Romanée-St-Vivant. It was an excellent year for Burgundy and this wine is living proof of that. This lot includes 12 bottles and is estimated between $30,000 and $50,000.
Note also the six bottles of Richebourg 2005 presented in an original wooden case. The coveted half-dozen is expected to cost between $24,000 and $35,000.
“This sale represents a rare chance to purchase wines from the world’s largest wine producer,” Chris Munro, head of wine and spirits at Christie’s Americas, said in a statement. “With the best vintages from the greatest vineyards in Burgundy, a truly marvelous auction.”
Wine lovers, you have a few weeks to make room in your cellar.