Will DRC continuity planning protect quality as Winemaker Noblet retires?

Peter ShakeshaftTop Burgundy estate, DRC Romanee Conti, announced the retirement of their long-serving Head Winemaker, Bernard Noblet this week. Noblet has worked at DRC since 1978 and took up the post of Head Winemaker in 1986 from his father, André who previously held the position for nearly 40 years from 1946 to 1985.

This familial bond with the famous Burgundian estate has spanned 80 years and reaped massive rewards for DRC as the quality achieved by Noblet and his team has created some of the most highly valued wines in the world.

DRC BottlesContinuity planning for this key role at DRC has been carefully managed and Noblet’s successor, Alexandre Bernier (37), who previously worked at Domaine Chanson, will officially take over the reins at the end of January 2018. He has been working at the estate for 8 years and closely with Noblet during the last 3 to 4 years to guarantee a seamless handover. No doubt Noblet’s last vintage, 2017, will be highly sought after on release.

The iconic estate will release its 2015 vintage in the coming months and we expect Noblet’s retirement may also impact on this wine. As one of his last few vintages, prices could well be affected for wine which already commands some of the highest prices in the fine wine market.

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