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Monday 21 April 2014

The White Club confirms provenance of ‘impeccable’ DRC

2nd April, 2013 by db_staff

A collection of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti with impeccable provenance dating back to the 1920s will be served at an exclusive dinner in London later this month, writes Olivia Bodle.


A magnum of Richebourg being poured at The White Club’s last meeting in Burgundy, photo credit: Daniel Nel

The White Club, the world’s most exclusive private members wine club, will host the dinner at Texture, the Michelin starred restaurant on Friday 19 April. The dinner will be accompanied by one vintage of DRC from each decade since the 1920s.

In light of recent concern over the provenance of fine wines the bottles to be served at the dinner were authenticated by Aubert de Villaine, owner of the domaine. The wines were sourced from two private cellars, one in Germany and one in Denmark.

None of the wines have been traded over the past 36 months. Many of the wines were “back-up” bottles from The White Club’s tasting in Burgundy last December. A release from The White Club stated, “they are as perfect as they could be.”

The wines, representing the last nine decades of the most prestigious wine of Burgundy, will feature “two of the most acclaimed and sought after vintages of Romanée-Conti ever made” – 1923 and 1937.

Michael Broadbent MW, former head of Christie’s wine department, has praised both extremely rare vintages, likening the 1937 to, “the dance of the seven veils”. The 1923 is now almost impossible to find, single authentic bottles selling for over US$20,000 at auction.

The “Victory” vintage 1945 Richebourg is from a particularly low yield year and the last vintage made with pre-phylloxera vines. The 1963 and 1992 from La Tåche are similarly rare. Broadbent once noted that the ’92 as “fragrant, crisp…A light charmer.”

The 1958 and 1989 are from Échézeaux. Broadbent has described the 1975 Romané-St-Vivant as “flavoury and stylish”. Representing the 2000s is the 2008 Montrachet, DRC’s only white wine and smallest plot, producing only 10 barrels per vintage on average.

The dinner will be prepared by Texture’s chef and co-owner Agnar Sverrisson.

Only 14 tickets are available for this unique event, priced at £2,500 each.

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