Romanee Conti - La Tache - Grand Cru - 2012 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Domaine Romanée Conti - La Tache - Grand Cru

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This is another legend in a bottle and, as such, must be tasted with caution to avoid falling victim to the classic Stendhal Syndrome and thus the incapacity to appreciate any other wine and the risk of falling into a deep depression.

The colour is a lively but not too concentrated red with orange nuances of maturity on the edge. Like the Leroy wine the bouquet is absolutely explosive. Their intensity make instantly recognizable the notes of bramble bush filled with berries, hematic sensations and gushing amounts of blood orange to then end with turmeric and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is also explosive and one is at a loss to try and follow all the arrays of notes that are there to amaze and it can do this because this is no ordinary wine, it is a legend, it is La Tache. 

Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
la tache
Producer:
Domaine Romanée Conti
Grapes/Blend:
100% Pinot Noir
Serving temp:
16 - 17°C
Style:
Grand Cru

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Unusually for Burgundy the wines are matured entirely in new French oak barrels, for between sixteen and twenty months. It is undoubtedly this oak influence that lends them...

Unusually for Burgundy the wines are matured entirely in new French oak barrels, for between sixteen and twenty months. It is undoubtedly this oak influence that lends them their depth and hugely long-lived ageing potential Multilayered and full flavoured with huge depth and power, and yet the beguiling ethereal delicacy of Burgundy. Truly sublime.

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

Unusually for Burgundy the wines are matured entirely in new French oak barrels, for between sixteen and twenty months. It is undoubtedly this oak influence that lends them their depth and hugely long-lived ageing potential Multilayered and full flavoured with huge depth and power, and yet the beguiling ethereal delicacy of Burgundy. Truly sublime.

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