Domaine De La Romanee Conti Romanee St Vivant 2016

  • The mouth is medium-full, round, quiet, harmonious, rich, and ample with red cherry fruit. The wine is firm but sensual and light on the tongue.
  • As usual, a sensual floral nose followed by a tense, linear mid palate with vibrant acidity.
  • Very long finish - classic Romanee-Saint-Viviant.
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Robert Parker's
    95 points

Editors notes

One of the most sought after wines on earth. A sensual floral nose followed by a tense, linear mid palate with vibrant acidity. Very long finish - classic Romanee-Saint-Viviant. Created by one of the greatest wine producers in the world and certainly the best in Burgundy.

Drink: 2020 - 2050.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    "The 2016 Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru is super, bursting from the glass with a kaleidoscopic bouquet of potpourri, red berries, cassis, peony and rose petal. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and fine-boned, with tangy acids, superb concentration and an ample chassis of powdery structuring tannins, concluding with a long, fragrant finish. This is a Romanée-St-Vivant that exemplifies the intensity without the weight that distinguishes the Domaine's best wines, and it equals the fabulous 2015 rendition."

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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.


Romanée-Saint-Vivant is an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) and Grand Cru vineyard for red wine in the Côte de Nuits subregion of Burgundy, France, with Pinot Noir as its main grape variety. It sits within the commune of Vosne-Romanée. The vines grow on 90-cm-deep brown limestone and clay soils. The wines from Romanée-Saint-Vivant are known for their texture and elegance. They are dark ruby in colour, gaining a more crimson hue as they age. On the nose, expect a range of aromas, including both black and red fruits, violets, and spice. Again, with age, they also develop tertiary aromas of underbrush, truffle, fur, and leather. On the palate, you’ll find flavours of red fruit, dried rose, and violet. These wines should typically age at least 10 years before drinking, but given their tannin structure, they can even age a good 20 to 30 years.

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About the brand Domaine de la Romanee Conti

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, often abbreviated as DRC, is widely considered to be one of the most renowned wine producers in the world, and undoubtedly the best in the Burgundy region. This esteemed estate is responsible for crafting seven exceptional wines, including a single white made from Chardonnay grapes, and six reds made from Pinot Noir grapes, all sourced from the highest ranking Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy.

The history of this vineyard dates back to the early 1500s when it was cultivated by monks. Over time, ownership of the vineyard changed hands several times, eventually falling into the possession of the de Villaine family. In 1911, Edmund de Villaine took over as director of the estate and later sold shares to his friend Henry Leroy. The latter's financial stability ensured the estate's vineyards were maintained to the highest standards.

Presently, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is co-owned and operated by Aubert de Villaine, and Henri Roch, the grandson of Henry Leroy. All of the vineyards are farmed organically, and some even meet biodynamic standards. The yields from these vineyards are incredibly low, with it taking an average of three vines to produce a single bottle of wine. In the winery, the wine is moved using gravity to avoid the need for pumping, and no filtration takes place. Fining only occurs when necessary, and the wine is aged in 100% new French oak for up to 20 months before bottling.

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