Joy of Terroir 2011
March - Romanee-Conti, Burgundy
While it produces six other grand cru wines, the famed Burgundy domaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has a monopoly on its revered, 1.8-hecater grand cru vineyard of Romanée-Conti. The mid-slope site was first identified as of note by the monks of St-Vivant in 1512, and has since gone through a number of owners and ownership disputes. Square in shape, it abuts fellow grands crus Richebourg, Romanée-St-Vincent and La Romanée. The vineyard, iron-rich sandy limestone on rock and marl, was completely replanted in 1947. Today, managed to biodynamic princples, it yields an average of just 400 cases a year.