In 1988 Henri-Frédéric Roch, co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and grandson of Henri Leroy, decided to create his own exclusive domaine from some of DRC’s choicest parcels in Vosne-Romanée. He handpicked prime parcels in Vosne-Romanée from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, infusing his deep Burgundian understanding into each vine.
These are some of the world’s most prestigious wines from one of Burgundy’s most hallowed growers, so it is an exceptionally special addition to the Honest Grapes collection, which stands at a calibre that we would feel extremely lucky to have in our very own wine cellar.
The vineyards are treated organically and hold only old vines (30-100 years), the domaine harvesting as late as possible in several tries, to maximise fruit and phenolic ripeness. The wines are vinified naturally, with whole bunch fermentation and punching down by foot, followed by no fining, no filtration and very light use of sulphur.
The resulting wines have a special purity and complexity which is hard to encapsulate. Vibrant, fresh aromatics and very bright acidity are balanced by superbly ripe, sophisticated fruit and spice flavours. Like the wines of other great minimal-interventionist producers (Vincenzo Abruzzese at Valdicava, for example), they can be enjoyed young but are also capable of long-term cellaring.
Stylistically they offer a unique balance of vigour and wisdom and (unsurprisingly given the calibre of their vineyards) the quality is always outstanding.