Some big hitters in the world of fine wine need no introduction – Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is certainly one. Known the world over for crafting some of the finest and most in-demand wines there are, when looking holistically at the fine wine market, few wines stand more prominent than their stable. Famed for unparalleled quality, uber scores and scarcity, the wines today command considerable prices yet for those holding positions in recent years, the reward has been handsome. As such, when an opportune moment comes along to either take your first position in these hallowed wines, or to build on existing holdings, it is not to be missed.
The table below shows the wines available today:
|Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru||2000||1x75cl||1||£3,300|
|Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru||2017||1x75cl||1||£3,000|
|Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru||2018||1x75cl||2||£3,250|
|La Tache Grand Cru||2000||1x75cl||1||£5,400|
|Richebourg Grand Cru||1996||1x75cl||2||£4,200|
|Romanee-Conti Grand Cru||2008||1x75cl||1||£20,250|
|Romanee St Vivant Grand Cru||2013||3x75cl||1||£10,500|
|Romanee St Vivant Grand Cru||2014||6x75cl||1||£19,500|
|Corton Grand Cru||2011||1x75cl||2||£2,650|
|Corton Grand Cru||2013||1x75cl||2||£2,900|
|Corton Grand Cru||2013||3x75cl||1||£8,700|
Deeper analysis on Burgundy’s most illustrious estate
All of the wines listed above have generated outstanding returns over recent years. Also available are a selection of bottles from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti’s venture into the Cote de Beaune. In 2008, the Estate leased 6 acres of vineyards on the hillside of Corton and released their first vintage, the 2009, in 2012. As ever with DRC wines, production is minuscule, rumoured to be just above the 475 cases made of their flagship Romanee-Conti. These wines present an interesting opportunity and as they become more established in the global market, we could see a price hike to the levels seen elsewhere in the DRC stable. Moreover, we also have a selection of mixed cases available which would make a perfect addition to your portfolio if you do not currently hold any wines from DRC or are looking to gain exposure to a selection of wines at once. The 2019 mixed case is particularly noteworthy as it contains two bottles of the inaugural vintage of DRC’s Corton Charlemagne. These mixed cases do not come around often!
|DRC Assortment||2013||8 bottles (1 RC, 3LT, 2RI, 2RSV)||1||£50,900|
|DRC Assortment||2016||6 bottles (3LT, 3RSV)||1||£27,500|
|DRC Assortment||2017||13 bottles (1RC, 3LT, 2RI, 3RSV, 2GE, 2E)||1||£71,500|
|DRC Assortment||2017||6 bottles (1LT, 1RI, 1RSV, 1GE, 1E, 1C)||1||£24,500|
|DRC Assortment||2018||10 bottles (1RC, 3LT, 1RI, 2RSV, 1GE, 2E)||1||£75,600|
|DRC Assortment||2018||6 bottles (2RSV, 2GE, 2E)||1||£24,750|
|DRC Assortment||2019||11 bottles (1RC, 2LT, 2Ri, 2RSV, 2GE, 2CC)||1||£98,000|
RC (Romanee Conti) | LT (La Tache) | RI (Richebourg) | RSV (Romanee St Vivant) | E (Echezeaux) | GE (Grands Echezeaux) | C (Corton) | CC (Corton Charlemagne)
Stratospheric returns throughout the DRC stable
To demonstrate the superb performance observed in the wines of DRC, a breakdown of the one, five and ten-year performances can be seen below:
|WINE||1 YEAR||5 YEAR||10 YEAR||PRICE (IB)|
|Romanee St Vivant||41.38%||180.77%||403.99%||£98,000|
The performance of the wines is undeniable, and growth observed in the past twelve months indicates no sign of slowing. The trajectory these wines have been on can be seen in the chart below, which is an equally weighted basket of all of the above wines from DRC. The velocity is clear and investors should expand their holdings of DRC whenever the pricing allows. Whether individual wines or mixed cases, those offered here present just that opportunity.
As seen above, an average across the Romanee-Conti portfolio would have yielded 31.33%, 122.07% and 261.55% over one, five and ten-year terms respectively. This outperforms the Burgundy 150 index from Liv-Ex which posted 2.44%, 126.86% and 227.35%, and eclipses the Liv-Ex 100 which gained 17.86%, 33.91% and 55.11% over the same period. The outlook is clear; as fine wine continues to enjoy its bullish run of form, Burgundy and specifically Domaine de la Romanee-Conti continues to outperform. As such, those already with positions in DRC need little persuasion as to the merit and those looking to make their first acquisition should do so before today’s prices are a distant memory.