de la Romanee-Conti - Echezeaux - Grand Cru - 2012 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti - Echezeaux - Grand Cru

95 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate

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The 2012 Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru was picked over three days from September 23 to 25. It is broodier on the bouquet compared to its “little brother,” but it boasts astonishing delineation, the fruit a little blacker with a mineral, marine-influenced undertow. The palate is suffused with incredible energy from start to finish. Armed with breath-taking delineation and ethereal balance, this just soars in the mouth, constituting a riveting Grands Echezeaux in the making.
There is certainly more intensity and fruitiness on the nose compared to the Echezeaux. The aromatics here feel fuller, rounder and more harmonious that its sibling. As the wine remains in the glass there are subtle cassis notes that begin to emerge accompanied by over-ripe oranges. The palate is well balanced and fresh on the entry, with slightly powdery tannins. It is very harmonious with well-judged acidity and compared to the Echezeaux there is more weight and corpulence to counterbalance the strict structure. It gently builds, never losing its head mind you, towards a lightly spiced finish that fans out beautifully. This is a very accomplished rather than spectacular Grands Echezeaux. 923 cases produced.
The 2010 Grands-Echezeaux is totally weightless and beautiful. Crushed flowers, mint and sweet tobacco waft from the glass. The Grands-Echezeaux shows off phenomenal inner perfume and sweetness in a deceptively understated style that is immensely appealing. A seriously long, intense finish rounds things out in style. The 2010 is notable for a level of finesse that isn’t always a signature of this wine.
The 2009 Grands-Echezeaux jumps from the glass with vivid aromatics and equally voluptuous fruit. Despite its richness, the Grands-Echezeaux seems to hover on the palate. Layers of fruit continue to build to the long super-refined finish. Over the last few years the Grands-Echezeaux seems like the most improved wine at DRC.
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Producer:
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti
Grapes/Blend:
100% Pinot Noir
Serving temp:
16 - 17°C
Style:
Grand Cru

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In many ways, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, or just DRC, is the greatest wine estate on earth producing some of Burgundy’s greatest (and most expensive) wines.

"Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – the most hallowed name in Burgundian wine, and quite possibly the entire vinous world; a name that is implicitly regal, indisputably coveted and effortlessly content in its position of unimpeachable noblesse. DRC. Its acronym alone suffices to command the attention of everyone who aspires to enter the realm of wine Valhalla.” Sotheby’s New York

The history revolves around the ownership of the eponymous vineyard. Called La Romanée, for reasons unknown, it was the subject of a bidding war between Madame Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV, and her bitter rival, the Prince of Conti. He won, and added his name in victory. Of course the Revolution soon put paid to all that. Ownership has passed down through one or two families and multiple generations since then and the Domaine is now run by Aubert de Villaine and Henri-Frederic Roch.

Making wines almost exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards, including the wholly owned monopole parcels of La Tâche and La Romanée-Conti itself (from which the estate takes its name), the wines of DRC offer another dimension to Burgundy.

“I am reminded of my university studies in music. There are some compositions that are so profoundly moving because they only point out the futility in trying to truly understand them. Some things remain beyond the full grasp of the human intellect. Romanée-Conti is the vinous equivalent.” Antonio Gallioni

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