The history of the Romanée-Conti domain

At Romanée-Conti, the priory of Saint-Vivant was founded by Manasses, sire of Vergy. In France, Richard le Justicier, first Duke of Burgundy died in 921.

At Romanée-Conti, on November 13th, Hugh II, Duke of Burgundy, gives all woods and uncultivated land he owns in Flagey and Vosne which will become the future vineyard of Romanée-Conti, the priory of Saint-Vivant . In France, the arrival of the house of Capet.

At Romanée-Conti, vineyard acquisition, including the future Romanée-Conti by priors of Saint-Vivant. Attachment of Saint-Vivant to the Abbey of Cluny.

At Romanée-Conti, the first declaration and description of the “clous de Saint-Vivant”.
In France, death of Charles the Bold, last Duke of Burgundy, on Jan. 5th, 1477. Annexation of Burgundy by Louis XI, King of France.

At Romanée-Conti, on February 19th, sale (perpetual lease), by the priory of Saint-Vivant, of the Cros of Cloux (future Romanée-Conti) to Claude Cousin. In France, the end of the Valois, advent of the Bourbons.

At Romanée-Conti, Germain Danon, Claude Cousin’s nephew, inherits the Cros Cloux. In France, Henri IV reigns.

At Romanée-Conti, Jacques Venot buys the Cors des Clous at Germain Danon. In France, Louis XIII reigns.

At Romanée-Conti, first written mention of “Romanée” for the Cros des Cloux. In France, Louis XIV reigns.

At Romanée-Conti, on July 18th, the sales contract of Romanée to Jean-François Joly de Fleury, “for him or his friend to be elected”; transfer of ownership to His Serene Highness Monseigneur François Louis de Bourbon Prince de Conty Prince of the Blood. In France, Louis XV reigns.

At Romanée-Conti, the Prince de Conti bought two parcels of vines from the adjoining locality at “meix clot” (the Goillotte today), which were used for the construction of vinification cellars and storage for the Romanée and home for the winemaker and Prince’s manager.

At Romanée-Conti, death of Louis François de Bourbon, Louis Francis Joseph de Bourbon, Prince of Conti, his last son in name, succeeded him. In France, Louis XVI reigns.

Forfeiture of Romanée-Conti and Romanée-Saint-Vivant.
In France, on July 14, Bastille Day. Secularization of ecclesiastical property.

At Romanée-Conti in April, the Prince de Conti was arrested and imprisoned at Fort Saint-Jean in Marseille. In France, on January 21st, execution of Louis XVI, on October 16th, execution of Marie-Antoinnette.

First expertise of Romanée on February 13th and use of the name “Romanée-Conti” on July 6th, during a second expertise. December 24, Romanée is sold to the highest bidder, Nicolas Defer de la Nouerre. On 27th and 28th July: The Terror.

On 5th September, the Law of 19 Fructidor exiles all members of the House of Bourbon, the last prince of Conti took refuge in Barcelona (d. 1814). On September 4th (18 Fructidor V) coup d’état.

September 22, Julien-Jules Ouvrard buys Romanée-Conti.
In France, Louis XVIII reigns.

On May 19th, Julien-Jules Ouvrard moves to the castle of Gilly. In France, Charles X reigns.

Romanée-Conti is produced by Clos de Vougeot.
On August 2nd, abdication of Charles X. On August 9th, Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans accepts the crown.

Julien-Jules Ouvrard, Mayor of Gilly, general council, becomes a member of parliament for Côte d’Or.

Proclamation, on December 2nd, of the Second Empire.

On June 22nd, death of Jules Julien Ouvrard: his nieces and nephews of Rochechouard inherit the Romanée-Conti.

On August 7, under Napoleon III, sale of Romanee-Conti by the Rochechouart consorts to Paul Guillemot. On November 25th, acquisition by Jaques-Marie Duvault Blochet, who already owns the Echezaux, Grand-Echezeaux.

Jacques-Marie Duvault Blochet dies on February 23rd in a political context of the Third Republic.

Edmond Gaudin de Villaine, husband of Marie-Dominique Chambon-Madeleine, hires Louis Wink as manager.

Edmond Gaudin de Villaine with Jacques Chambon buys shares of Romanée Conti from the Guyot cousins. Two years later, break out of the first war.

The acquisition of the Tâche Joly de Bevy.

The crisis continues and leads to the Second World War.

Louis Clin hires André Noblet while France is occupied.

On July 31, creation of Romanée-Conti domain trust, Leroy Henry buys out Jacques Chambon.

On November 24th death of Edmond Gaudin de Villaine: Henri de Villaine becomes a partner with Henry Leroy. Fourth Republic.

Acquisition of the Montrachet vineyards. Fifth Republic and de Gaulle was president.

The Romanée-Saint-Vivant Marey-Monge tenancy is given to the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti by its owner Ms. Marey-Monge, last of the name. General de Gaulle is still president.

New conditions of the trust are established : Lalou Bize-Leroy and Aubert de Villaine partner-manager: Henri de Villaine and Henri Leroy: Supervisory Board. Valéry Giscard d’Estaing was elected president.

Acquisition of the house and the vine of the Goillotte (former winery of Prince Conti)

Death of Henri Leroy, his eldest daughter Pauline replaces the supervisory board.

In May, François Mitterrand is elected president of the republic.

Andrew Noblet takes his retirement and his son Bernard Noblet becomes head of cellar; Gerard Marlot is head the vines.

On May 30th, death of Andrew Noblet.

September: purchase of Romanée-Saint-Vivant Marey-Monge by the partners of the Romanée-Conti domain.

In January, Charles Roch becomes a partner instead of Lalou Bize Leroy. Accidental death of Charles Roch on March 10th. Henry-Frédéric Roch replaces his brother Charles as a partner and manager.
A global economic crisis occurs duinrg François Mitterrand presidency.

Henri de Villaine is replaced by his nephew, of the same name, at the supervisory board.

Death of Henri de Villaine, domain manager from 1954 to 1970. Jacques Chirac is president.

Fenal Perrine, daughter of Lalou Bize-Leroy, replaces Pauline Roch at the supervisory board. Jacques Chirac is still president.

On November 11th, the vines in Corton Clos du Roi, and Bressandes Renardes of the Merode domain are leased to the domain.