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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1988

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Estimate: £90,000 - £120,000
ca. US$127,952 - US$170,603
Price realised:  £105,750
ca. US$150,344
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1988
12 bottles per lot
A FULL CASE OF ROMANEE CONTI 1988 Lying in Corsham, Wiltshire (Octavian) Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1988 Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits In new Domaine wooden case, band removed by Christie's, damaged lid. Original straws. Worn capsules. Leroy slip labels. Good appearance, one slightly damaged, labels stamped with green roundels. Levels: 3cms below base of corks or better, one 4cms below base of cork. Bottle numbers 04751 to 04762. Tasting note: In 1988 there are 575 cases of Romanée-Conti. Consumers should be deliriously happy, considering there were only 225 cases in 1987. It is more backward than the 1987, 1986, or 1985, and is one of the fullest and most tannic examples of Romanée-Conti I have tasted this decade. It may even outlive the otherworldly 1985. It is staggeringly concentrated with a bouquet that almost defies articulation. There is no doubting what it is and who made it. It is a flashy, dramatic wine with astonishing length and mystique. I would not dare touch a bottle before the mid- to late nineties. The 1988 production was twice what it was in 1987, but the same as in 1985. The 1988s are fuller-bodied, deeper, more concentrated wines than the superb 1987s, and will need some time in the cellar to shed their generous amounts of tannin. The only vintage they can be favourably compared with is the 1985 vintage, and the 1985s were a great deal more forward and flattering to taste when young. There is more depth in the 1988s than in the 1986s or even the superb 1980s (which turned out to be the finest wines made in that underrated vintage). Robert Parker Burgundy Book, Jan 1990 12 bottles per lot

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Finest And Rarest Wines And Spirits Including a Superb Private Collection
Date of the auction: 9 Jun 2016
Address: Christie's
London