Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2017 Horizontal Collection
Six Grand Cru Wines From The Burgundy Legend
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Burgundy 150 Index is Up Nearly 20% In 12 Month Period
The Liv-ex Burgundy 150 is up 19.6% over the last 12 months, making wines from Burgundy one of the top performing on the secondary market. Building on over 30% growth over the past two years, the limited supply of wines from top Burgundy producers and strong demand continue to result in growth for the category.
Six Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Crus In One Collection
As wine connoisseurs know, one of the reasons that the wines of DRC are some of the most coveted in the world is that the wines are only made from fruit from Grand Cru vineyards. This collection features wines from six of these Grand Cru sites, including the wines from the two world-famous monopoles, sites solely owned by one party, Romanée-Conti and La Tâche. This collection represents an excellent opportunity to efficiently gain exposure to the top wines from the Domaine’s 2017 releases.
The Last Wines Ever Produced by Winemaker Bernard Noblet
For over 70 years, two men oversaw the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti winemaking, Bernard Noblet and his father, André. Bernard had been the cellarmaster and chief winemaker at DRC since 1986, when his father stepped down after 40 years at the helm starting in 1946. The wines in this collection represent some of the last wines made by the Noblet dynasty and, as such, have potential value not only as Blue Chip Burgundy but also as pieces of history for Burgundy and DRC collectors.
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is one of the most widely acclaimed wine producers in the world. Their portfolio of monopoles and Grand Cru vineyards is unrivaled and the exquisite wines produced are the stuff of legends. One of DRC's greatest strengths is the supreme consistency of the wines they are able to achieve, resulting, even in less heralded vintages, in top-scoring scoring wines that are among the region's best. Part of this consistency was that only two men oversaw the winemaking from 1946 - 2018, Bernard Noblet and, before him, his father, André. The Noblet era ended in January 2018, and the wines in this collection represent the final vintage produced by Bernard.
This collection features wines from six of DRC's famed Grand Cru vineyards packed in two original wood ‘assortment’ cases (OWCs). Due to their extremely low volumes of wine, DRC regularly releases mixed packs to allow collectors to acquire wines from a range of their famed vineyards. As we reference in our blog on provenance, a wine in pristine condition sold as part of a case in OWC will garner a higher price than a loose bottle of the same wine, even if it is otherwise in perfect condition.
An important complement to perfect provenance is the strong tailwinds that Burgundy as a category has experienced in recent years. The Liv-ex Burgundy 150 Index is up 19.6% over the last 12 months. DRC's wines make up roughly 40% of the wines in the Burgundy 150, and the robust performance of these wines has played an integral part in the index's growth. DRC's wines have seen strong performance over the past 12 months, and the 2017 wines are no exception, with the particular mix of wines featured in this collection up 4.27% over the past 12 months. This is driven by DRC's brand power, ranked #8 in the world on the Liv-ex Brand Power 100, combined with the tiny amounts of wine produced by the Domaine.
DRC's position as a top wine producer in the world, and the strong recent performance of the 2017 vintage, is the fact that this collection has an additional element of collectibility, being the last ever produced by Bernard Noblet. He has produced every vintage since 1986 after his father oversaw the previous 40. While Noblet trained his replacement for years, and we have seen with subsequent releases that the quality remains peerless, die-hard DRC and Burgundy collectors will put a premium on these wines, which mark the end of an era.
These factors combine to position the Vint 2017 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Horizontal Collection as a unique investment opportunity, even among Vint DRC collections. As always, this DRC parcel represents an optimal opportunity to add Blue Chip Burgundy to your portfolio, but in this case, you also have the chance to invest in a piece of history as well.