Monday, July 25, 2016

Domaine Romanee Conti Wooden Wine Box

The most famous winery in the world is Domaine Romanee Conti (DRC). It's located in the Burgundy region of France, and produces the most sought after wines next to Chateau Petrus. If it's offered at auction it's usually the wine that fetches the highest price. It's so rare that it's not available outside of exclusive events. In order to receive in invitation to stay at the DRC vineyard you have to be a dignitary or very famous person (Heads of state, the Pope etc).

The wine is a work of art. Each grape from their perfect single vineyards are chosen by hand. The wine making process they created in the 11th century is the same they use today. There's nothing else like it.

DRC produces wines from 7 single vineyards on it's property:
  • Romanee-Conti
  • La Tache
  • Richebourg
  • Romanee-St-Vivant
  • Grands Echezeaux
  • Echezeaux
  • Montrachet
The single vineyard style is a much-copied process among premier wineries. Most vineyards plant the same grape varietals on only one very large plot. Single vineyards however plant slightly different grape varietals in specific sections of their property. This creates subtle differences in each wine depending on soil types and location of each individual plot.

Enough about the wine though, lets talk about their wooden wine boxes!

The few they make are also works of art. The DRC logo is large and ornate. It's a few inches bigger than a traditional wine box from France, and it also has a different way of protecting it's bottles. Instead of inserts they use decorative excelsior shred to cradle them. This gives an elegant and old world feel to their presentation.

All four sides are usually branded with deep engravings, although only the front long side has the design logo. The other sides have importer text as well as details about which single vineyard the wine was from.

Since so few cases of DRC wine are made every year, the wooden wine boxes are scarce. They're always kept by the collectors to keep bottles in their best possible condition because they're so valuable. Having the wine in it's original box increases auction prices so it's an investment.

Getting one in the open market is extremely difficult. Out of a thousand crates that come to us only one is a DRC. We have a waiting list on them, so if your interested please let me know and we can add you to it.


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