I just finished reading Bruce Sanderson’s notes on the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti tasting. I’m glad that the domaine is showing its wines and envious that Bruce has tasted the wines twice.
Like most Burgundy lovers, DRC tasting opportunities and drinking experiences are not to be missed. I used be invited to an occasional DRC tasting like this, since DRC’s importer and distributor is in St. Helena and Aubert de Villaine is a classy man, an old friend who has ties to Napa Valley, with HdV, the Carneros winery. I can certainly understand him wanting to spread these tastings around.
I also noted that some writers were surprised by de Villaine’s offer, which is perfectly understandable. As some of the world’s most sought-after, expensive and glamorous wines, DRC doesn’t have to do much promoting. It can more or less sit back and take orders.
But it’s important for vintners to show their wines to the media if they want the media to understand what the wines are about. Most writers could hardly afford to purchase these wines and it’s difficult in some instances to even arrange to buy them, unless you’ve got great contacts. That’s why these tastings are so important, from both sides of the equation.
Russell Mccandless — Minnesota USA — February 15, 2008 11:45pm ET
Bernard Kruithof — San Antonio, Texas — February 16, 2008 3:10pm ET
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