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The Summer 2012 Auction
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Starts 11:00 a.m. HKT

The Romanee Conti Assortment Case…

A Tribute to Terroir

By Dan Rhodes
 
As is the case with most things Burgundian, there are no simple or straight paths to answers. Chronicling the history and origins of the DRC assortment case is a speculative task at best. It is thought, however, by many that the initial goal of formulating an assortment case of the domaine’s wines ensured a sell-through of what were thought at the time to be the “lesser wines” of the portfolio. Given the legendary status of Romanée Conti, the vineyard, as well as the monopole La Tâche, this was a well-founded concern. Coupled with the high quality emanating from other Burgundian estates with regards to common vineyard holdings in Richebourg, Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux as well the domaine’s mixed track record with regards to, in particular, Romanée St. Vivant, it became especially important, from a business standpoint, to maintain liquidity and cash flow in turbulent economic times.
 
As, however, Aubert de Villaine raised both the quality and consistency bar at DRC in the 1980s, there grew, in my opinion, a more aesthetic or philosophical raison d’être to the marketing of the assortment case. Monsieur de Villaine is, as anyone who has ever listened to or met knows, entirely devoted to the theoretical concept of terroir as the underpinning of what makes great Burgundy great. The DRC assortment case evolved into a means whereby the grandeur of each and every terroir of the domaine’s portfolio could be showcased and enjoyed by the imbiber. This became particularly relevant with the renaissance of both quality and consistency from the domaine’s wines from Romanée St. Vivant. The arduous work performed by Monsieur de Villaine with regards to the restoration and recapitulation of this vineyard will be, for sure, part of his legacy.
 
Burgundy is much better served by the Gallic concept of “different” as opposed to the more functional American approach of “good, better, best,” and the DRC assortment case captures and accentuates the unique flavors and textures of each and every one of these superb wines. In keeping with the Burgundian spirit, each production holds an important and equal place in the equation. As anyone with children can tell you, they are all loved for different reasons.
 
As an auction side bar, it should be noted that composition of the DRC assortment cases often varied due to vineyard yields, harvest conditions etc. The last DRC assortment case produced was in conjunction with the 2002 vintage and this 6-pack case, which contained no Romanée Conti, was exported to the U.S. market only.

The Romanée Conti Assortment Case Lots:

  • Lot 528. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 2002.
    6 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $6,000.00, Opening Bid: $4,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 529. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 2002.
    6 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $6,000.00, Opening Bid: $4,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 530. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 2001.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $27,500.00, Opening Bid: $15,200.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 531. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 2001.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $27,500.00, Opening Bid: $18,000.00
    A Discerning Connoisseur's Collection.
  • Lot 532. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 2001.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $27,500.00, Opening Bid: $18,000.00
    A Discerning Connoisseur's Collection.
  • Lot 533. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 2000.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $30,000.00, Opening Bid: $16,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 534. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 2000.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. Estimate: $30,000.00, Opening Bid: $20,000.00
    A Doctor's Carefully Curated Cellar.
  • Lot 535. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1999.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $35,000.00, Opening Bid: $24,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 536. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1998.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $25,000.00, Opening Bid: $16,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 537. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1998.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $25,000.00, Opening Bid: $16,000.00
    A Discerning Connoisseur's Collection.
  • Lot 538. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1997.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $20,000.00, Opening Bid: $14,400.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 539. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1996.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $25,000.00, Opening Bid: $18,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 540. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1995.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $25,000.00, Opening Bid: $16,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 541. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1994.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $19,000.00, Opening Bid: $13,600.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 542. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1993.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $30,000.00, Opening Bid: $20,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 543. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1992.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $18,000.00, Opening Bid: $12,800.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 544. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1990.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $42,500.00, Opening Bid: $30,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 545. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1989.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $25,000.00, Opening Bid: $16,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 546. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1988.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $25,000.00, Opening Bid: $16,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 547. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1987.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $20,000.00, Opening Bid: $14,400.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 548. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1986.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $20,000.00, Opening Bid: $14,400.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 549. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1985.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $42,500.00, Opening Bid: $30,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 550. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1985.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $42,500.00, Opening Bid: $30,000.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 551. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1983.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $22,500.00, Opening Bid: $15,200.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.
  • Lot 552. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment Case 1979.
    12 Bottles, 0.75L. OWC. Estimate: $18,000.00, Opening Bid: $12,800.00
    The James Burrows Primetime Collection.


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Session 1
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Friday, June 22, 2012 8:00PM PT

Saturday, June 23, 2012 11:00AM HKT
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