The history of the Romanée-Conti domain

900
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.

1131
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.

1241
At Romanée-Conti, vineyard acquisition, including the future Romanée-Conti by priors of Saint-Vivant. Attachment of Saint-Vivant to the Abbey of Cluny.

1512
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.

1584
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.

1603
At Romanée-Conti, Germain Danon, Claude Cousin’s nephew, inherits the Cros Cloux. In France, Henri IV reigns.

1621
At Romanée-Conti, Jacques Venot buys the Cors des Clous at Germain Danon. In France, Louis XIII reigns.

1651
At Romanée-Conti, first written mention of “Romanée” for the Cros des Cloux. In France, Louis XIV reigns.

1760
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.

1763
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.

1776
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.

1789
Forfeiture of Romanée-Conti and Romanée-Saint-Vivant.
In France, on July 14, Bastille Day. Secularization of ecclesiastical property.

1793
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.

1794
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.

1797
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.

1819
September 22, Julien-Jules Ouvrard buys Romanée-Conti.
In France, Louis XVIII reigns.

1828
On May 19th, Julien-Jules Ouvrard moves to the castle of Gilly. In France, Charles X reigns.

1830
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.

1852
Julien-Jules Ouvrard, Mayor of Gilly, general council, becomes a member of parliament for Côte d’Or.

1852
Proclamation, on December 2nd, of the Second Empire.

1861
On June 22nd, death of Jules Julien Ouvrard: his nieces and nephews of Rochechouard inherit the Romanée-Conti.

1869
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.

1874
Jacques-Marie Duvault Blochet dies on February 23rd in a political context of the Third Republic.

1911
Edmond Gaudin de Villaine, husband of Marie-Dominique Chambon-Madeleine, hires Louis Wink as manager.

1912
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.

1933
The acquisition of the Tâche Joly de Bevy.

1929
The crisis continues and leads to the Second World War.

1940
Louis Clin hires André Noblet while France is occupied.

1942
On July 31, creation of Romanée-Conti domain trust, Leroy Henry buys out Jacques Chambon.

1950
On November 24th death of Edmond Gaudin de Villaine: Henri de Villaine becomes a partner with Henry Leroy. Fourth Republic.

1963
Acquisition of the Montrachet vineyards. Fifth Republic and de Gaulle was president.

1966
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.

1974
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.

1979
Acquisition of the house and the vine of the Goillotte (former winery of Prince Conti)

1980
Death of Henri Leroy, his eldest daughter Pauline replaces the supervisory board.

1981
In May, François Mitterrand is elected president of the republic.

1984
Andrew Noblet takes his retirement and his son Bernard Noblet becomes head of cellar; Gerard Marlot is head the vines.

1986
On May 30th, death of Andrew Noblet.

1988
September: purchase of Romanée-Saint-Vivant Marey-Monge by the partners of the Romanée-Conti domain.

1991
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.

1993
Henri de Villaine is replaced by his nephew, of the same name, at the supervisory board.

1998
Death of Henri de Villaine, domain manager from 1954 to 1970. Jacques Chirac is president.

2005
Fenal Perrine, daughter of Lalou Bize-Leroy, replaces Pauline Roch at the supervisory board. Jacques Chirac is still president.

2008
On November 11th, the vines in Corton Clos du Roi, and Bressandes Renardes of the Merode domain are leased to the domain.

 

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