Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC to those in-the-know) is already regarded as one of the finest wine producers in the world. Yet, their portfolio just got even more impressive. DRC is leasing a seven acre parcel in Corton-Charlemagne from Domaine Bonneau-du-Martray.
As first reported by Wine Spectator, DRC will start operating the plot in July 2018 and the first harvest is slated for November 2019. Armand de Maigret, manager of Bonneau du Martray, noted that his outfit will continue their critically lauded work on the remaining 20 acres of the plot. He attributed the decision to part with the coveted land in Corton to the demands of the methode biodynamique.
“Biodynamics is labor intensive and must be precise to function. The reaction time window is short,” de Maigret told Wine Spectator. “When biodynamics works, it is beautiful, but you can’t allow difficult weather to take over. And 27 acres of precise biodynamic farming is a big task in an area like Corton-Charlemagne. The reduction of our surface to a level where we are comfortable and able to do very precise biodynamic farming with the current infrastructure in place makes sense.”
DRC is most often associated with their prized monopole Grand Cru in the region. However, the producer has been slowly branching out into the world of whites.
In 2008, the group began leasing land in Corton with the purpose of creating a Corton-Charlemagne from the Bressandes, Renardes and Clos du Roi climats. In addition, the group already produces a white from Montrachet, arguably the most prized terroir for Chardonnay in Burgundy.