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DRC 1945 Sets Auction Record

Bruce Sanderson
Issue: December 31, 2018

Wine Spectator's Bruce Sanderson reports that two bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 1945 set an auction record. The '45s were hotly contested for several reasons: Decimated by frost and hail, the 1945 growing season was hot overall, producing just 600 bottles of concentrated and long-lived wines. And Romanée-Conti's vines had been planted prior to the devastation of Burgundy's vineyards from phylloxera. The vines, still on their own roots, were pulled out after the 1945 harvest. Most importantly, the two bottles came from Burgundy legend Robert Drouhin's personal collection.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands December 4, 2018.

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