Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Cuvée Duvault-Blochet 2002
You’ve stumbled across only the second-ever vintage of this rare red. Cuvée Duvault-Blochet is a declassified wine produced only in great years by the legendary Domaine de la Romanée-Conti; released as a Premier Cru despite the grapes coming from Grand Cru sites that are arguably the finest vineyards on Earth. Grapes are picked during a second pass – made a couple of days after the main harvest – through the Grands Crus vineyards of Échézeaux, Grands Échézeaux, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Richebourg and even on some occasions La Tâche. These grapes maybe weren’t quite ripe enough initially or come from younger vines that naturally ripen a little later, but they do come from the same vineyards that produce the most expensive wines on the planet.
Cuvée Duvault-Blochet 2002 is opening up to offer truffle, dark cherry, charred meat, wild strawberry and racy acidity. It’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s signature style, but at a more accessible price. So if you are thinking of dipping your toe into this great estate, then this is the wine to start that adventure with.
Sometimes called DRC or “the Domaine”, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is the most famous name in Burgundy, if not the entire world of fine wine. The Grand Cru site from which it takes its name tops Wine-Searcher’s list of The World’s Top 50 Most Expensive Wines. Based in Vosne-Romanée, their holdings include the mythical La Tâche and Romanée-Conti, over half of Romanée-Saint-Vivant, one third of Grands Échézeaux and half of Richebourg, not to mention vineyards in Corton, Le Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet. Mind-numbingly low yields from their old vines only exacerbate the scarcity, making availability a perpetually fleeting thing.
Wine critic Neal Martin says Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s “wines are so rare, sought after and let us be frank, so prohibitively expensive; that mere utterance is as close as most people get… Their raison d'etre is to offer pleasure, these are bottles surfeit with enjoyment, surfeit with profundity.” He notes that the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced here offer “finesse, balance, poise, refinement” and a capacity to “age like no other wine I can think of. Quite simply, they have an unerring ability to maintain the freshness and poise over decades.” He concludes that those lucky enough to get their hands on a bottle “may be in for an unforgettable experience.”
SKU No.: 2911656
Style No.: 720455
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13%
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