Terry was a teenager when the move to Burgundy, France occurred. His dad received new orders to report as the NCIOC of the 3rd Marine Battalion. So Terry had to get used to another school and make new friends. He was really good at that part. But then, most teenagers are. During the summer, one of his new friend’s dad took them on a personal tour of his workplace…the wine vineyards surrounding the village of Vosne-Romanée and the Domaine. Terry was awestruck by the hectares and hectares of grapevines. His friend’s dad told them that this vineyard produced unforgettable wines that combined power and softness.
At the end of the tour, the dad took them to view a wine tasting. The boys were obviously too young to experience the event, but they watched and learned the ins and outs of what good wine was as compared to exquisite wine. Terry started collecting information about different wines, how wines were made, and all things associated with the subject. He read where one man had said that among the 100 wines which it is necessary to taste before dying, three of the ten first would come from the Domaine of Romanée Conti. Terry then made it his mission to study all he could about the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
It would still be years away before he could put all of his accumulated knowledge to good work. During that time, he learned that Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was the world’s most expensive wine. He started saving after reading the following excerpt from an article on the Romanée-Conti.
“The scarcest, most expensive - and frequently the best - wine in the world ... If you can lay your hands on a case - and that is a big 'if' - you would have to pay an extremely high price for a young vintage, double or triple for a wine in its prime. ... This is the purest, most aristocratic and most intense example of Pinot Noir you could possibly imagine. Not only nectar: a yardstick with which to judge all other Burgundies.”
After a couple of years, Terry contacted his friend’s dad with a question on the age of wine and it’s consumption. The message Terry got back was very helpful. “It is unusual for even the best Bordeaux to last more than 50 years, and 200 years is beyond any wine's limit,” he said. He continued, “Ancient wines are rather like old stamps, something to be collected, horded but never used, and they command such high prices not because of their utility but because of their scarcity and consequent appeal to collectors.” Terry decided right then that he was not going to be a collector, but a connoisseur of fine wines. And his pet wine was to be the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.