Domaine de la Romanée-Conti - Romanée-Conti - Grand Cru

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99 points - The Wine Advocate
99 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
100 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
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93 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
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90 points - The Wine Advocate
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti - Romanée-Conti - Grand Cru - 2019 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti - Romanée-Conti - Grand Cru

93 points - The Wine Advocate
100 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
99 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
99 points - The Wine Advocate
99 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
100 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
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The Domaine’s 2007 Romanee-St.-Vivant predictably inhabits a different world – not to mention being in a different league of complexity and intrigue – from their Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux, or Richebourg of that vintage. Peat, leather, humus, forest floor, and decadent floral perfume are joined by an oceanic saline, alkaline, kelp-tinged aspect, and these surf-and-turf aspects follow on a polished palate that – despite only the slightest nod in the direction of overt fruitiness by way of dark berries – nevertheless displays a mouth-watering juiciness to accompany its myriad mineral and organic complexities. A persistently satisfying and thought-provoking finish points to the likelihood of 12-15 years continuance.
Unfurling in the glass with scents of rose petals, black tea, wild berries, exotic spices, violets, bergamot, and liquorice, it's full-bodied, sensual, and enveloping, with a broad attack that segues into a weightless but pungently intense mid-palate defined by striking energy and precision. Seamless and elegant, with melting tannins and mouth-watering acids, it concludes with an expansive, intensely floral finish. It's a monument in the making.
The Romanée-Conti Grand Cru is a wine of real grace and purity. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of raspberries and blackberries mingled with sweet spices, violets, peonies, and a subtle hint of wintergreen, it's full-bodied, ample and satiny, with terrific concentration and a suave, seamless, layered profile, gliding over the palate. It's as intensely flavourful as the more muscular, broader-shouldered La Tâche, but it's more elegant and sensual. It's also the wine in the cellar that's the least marked by the style of the vintage.
Wafting from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of dark wild berries, cassis, wilted rose petals, blood orange, exotic spices, liquorice and coniferous forest floor, the 2017 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru is full-bodied, satiny textured and multidimensional. It's just as powerful as this year's La Tâche but even more elegantly framed by filigree structure, concluding with an intensely sapid and penetratingly fragrant finish. Pristinely balanced, this young Romanée-Conti possesses huge reserves for the long haul despite its deceptively supple youthful appeal, and it will reward extended bottle age.
The 2016 Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru is super, bursting from the glass with a kaleidoscopic bouquet of potpourri, red berries, cassis, peony and rose petal. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and fine-boned, with tangy acids, superb concentration and an ample chassis of powdery structuring tannins, concluding with a long, fragrant finish. This is a Romanée-St-Vivant that exemplifies the intensity without the weight that distinguishes the Domaine's best wines, and it equals the fabulous 2015 rendition.
The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2015 Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru was showing superbly from bottle, bursting from the glass with a dramatic and expressive bouquet of rose petal, violet, raspberry and spicy red cherry that has already digested its framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, expansive and supple, its frame of fine-grained tannins cloaked in a deep core of vibrant fruit and only asserting themselves on the long, penetrating finish. This is a superb Romanée-St-Vivant that nips on the heels of the fabulous Richebourg this year.
Now this has a distinctly earthy bouquet, one that leads you into the dark woods. Yes, there is plenty of vivacious red berry fruit, here augmented with something autumnal, brown leaves on an October morning, moss and tree bark. Then with continued aeration, these shift away and are replaced by pure floral aromas. The palate is very precise on the entry with a touch of orange rind and mandarin complementing the crushed strawberry and raspberry fruit; there is a touch of spiciness towards the finish that exerts a gentle, yet insistent grip à la Richebourg. The persistence here is very impressive and it just seems to blossom in the glass until you have utterly succumbed to its charms.
The 2013 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru was picked on the afternoon of October 10 and then the following day, cropped at 17.5 hectolitres per hectare. The bouquet is adorable, so pure and comely, with shimmering red cherries, raspberry and orange blossom, a suggestion of cold flint imparting an enigmatic element—a Romanée-Saint-Vivant that is clearly going to bide its time. The palate is medium bodied with filigree tannin, impressive weight and almost a surfeit of freshness. There is tension from start to finish that effortlessly disguises the weight, the penetration on the sustained finish.
The bouquet is quite astonishing with brilliant delineation and focus, an almost disorientating sense of minerality that soars from the glass and leaves you speechless. The palate is perfectly proportioned with a sensational line of acidity, brimming over with energy and frisson. This flirts with perfection and you know, one day it might actually achieve it.
Now this has a very interesting bouquet, quite distinct from the Richebourg and the Grands Echezeaux. It is much more exuberant and lifted, very perfumed with fresh strawberry, red cherries, dried rose petals and a touch of quince. This is so lively and vivacious, as if it borrowed some of the succulence from the 2009 vintage. The palate is quite precocious on the entry, the mouth instantaneously tingling with glee. There is a beautiful crescendo before fanning out towards its silky caressing finish. There is something playful and joyous about this Romanee-Saint-Vivant, carefree and alluring, a wine to be enjoyed as much as respected.
Now this has a very interesting bouquet, quite distinct from the Richebourg and the Grands Echezeaux. It is much more exuberant and lifted, very perfumed with fresh strawberry, red cherries, dried rose petals and a touch of quince. This is so lively and vivacious, as if it borrowed some of the succulence from the 2009 vintage. The palate is quite precocious on the entry, the mouth instantaneously tingling with glee. There is a beautiful crescendo before fanning out towards its silky caressing finish. There is something playful and joyous about this Romanee-Saint-Vivant, carefree and alluring, a wine to be enjoyed as much as respected.
The 2010 Romanee St. Vivant is dazzling. An exotic mosaic of sweet spices, red berries, dried flowers and mint bursts onto the palate in this viscerally thrilling, captivating Romanee St. Vivant. The 2010 is notable for so many attributes, but one that stands out is the sheer beauty and texture of the breathtaking finish.
The 2009 Romanée-Conti is surprisingly huge and even obvious in this vintage. That isn’t a problem, just an observation. Romanée-Conti can be an elusive, intensely cerebral wine, but not in 2009. Floral notes add lift on the vivid, kaleidoscopic finish. Today the Romanée-Conti is all about breath-taking exuberance and richness. This is a breath-taking bottle.
The 2009 Romanée-Conti is surprisingly huge and even obvious in this vintage. That isn’t a problem, just an observation. Romanée-Conti can be an elusive, intensely cerebral wine, but not in 2009. Floral notes add lift on the vivid, kaleidoscopic finish. Today the Romanée-Conti is all about breath-taking exuberance and richness. This is a breath-taking bottle.
The Domaine’s 2007 Romanee-St.-Vivant predictably inhabits a different world – not to mention being in a different league of complexity and intrigue – from their Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux, or Richebourg of that vintage. Peat, leather, humus, forest floor, and decadent floral perfume are joined by an oceanic saline, alkaline, kelp-tinged aspect, and these surf-and-turf aspects follow on a polished palate that – despite only the slightest nod in the direction of overt fruitiness by way of dark berries – nevertheless displays a mouth-watering juiciness to accompany its myriad mineral and organic complexities. A persistently satisfying and thought-provoking finish points to the likelihood of 12-15 years continuance.
The 2008 Romanee St. Vivant is pure seduction. The aromatics alone are breathtaking, but the RSV is truly firing on all cylinders. Curiously, today the RSV is quite a bit rounder and suppler than the Echezeaux and Grands-Echezeaux. It shows remarkable silkiness, inner perfume and nobility. A seamless finish rounds things out in style.
Just as this year’s Echezeaux challenges the quality of the Grands-Echezeaux, another surprise of the vintage is a spectacular showing for the 2005 Romanee-St.-Vivant. A startlingly dark, mouth-watering amalgam of purple plum paste, blackberry preserves, bitter chocolate, toasted walnut, soy, and raw beef intrigues the nose. On the palate, this cleaves to the dark side, with viscous, mouth-coating concentration of lightly-cooked black fruits, charred meat, mysterious forest floor complexity, and bitter-sweet florality, but simultaneously delivers a vibratory finish like that of the energetic Grands-Echezeaux. With its palpable extract, profound personality, and refined but abundant tannins, this is surely wine to set aside for at least a decade.
There are more startling complexities in the 2005 Romanee-Conti than in any other wine here today, perhaps in the vintage. A stunning, high-toned, and utterly unique perfume of pink grapefruit, blood orange, tangerine rind, vivid rose petal, musk, cinnamon, sage, and cassis seduces the olfactory in kaleidoscopic rotation. On the palate, a pure, clean meatiness emerges, like butchering a meadow-fed lamb, bitter-sweet flowers flying forth in an inner-mouth profusion. Soy and black truffle lend a dark, savoury note to the proceedings, leading the long finishing procession over a path strewn with rose petals.
A mineral-driven nose, a little stony at first with a touch of wild heather, then developing a touch of orange-blossom and forest floor. The palate is mercurial and rather unsettled, trying to find its “groove”. Medium-bodied, again quite sharp acidity with a green, stalky undertow. Well balanced if a little linear in style with a soft but impressively long, earthy finish.
Perhaps the biggest Romanee-St.-Vivant produced at this domaine, the 2003 offers aromatics as well as flavors reminiscent of black fruits drenched in dark chocolate. Full-bodied, velvety-textured, as well as concentrated, it is immensely ripe, crammed with tannin, and vaunts an amazingly long finish.
The 2002 Romanee-Conti sports a nose of orange zests, stones, herbs, and violets. Its delicate, light to medium-bodied character opens to reveal silky layers of black cherries, black currants, fresh herbs, and roses. Firm, unresolved tannin can be detected in its lengthy finish.
The extroverted 2001 Romanee-Conti is medium to dark coloured and displays intensely spicy black cherry aromas. Juicy, supple, as well as packed with spiced, candied black fruits, this medium-bodied wine is concentrated, lush, and velvety-textured. It reveals more tannin than its siblings, yet it is ripe and enveloped in fruit.
Very pure in colour, the nose on the Romanee St Vivant has wonderful delineation and sense of minerality. Red cherries, a touch of raspberry coulis and wet limestone, though still quite closed considering its age. The palate is very supple on the entry with silky smooth tannins and superb balanced. Morello, strawberry, a touch of rose petal, very focused on the finish. Lovely.
The 1990 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti continues to cruise along, blossoming in the glass with a lavish bouquet of black cherry, blackberry, sous bois, dark spice, and a touch of game. On the palate, the wine is ample and full-bodied, with a chassis of fine, melted tannins—though just a few rough edges poke out on the finish enrobed in juicy, vibrant fruit that lingers through the long and penetrating finish.
There is no doubting its massive constitution, full body, and rich extract, but the tannins seemed extremely hard and tough, and this wine would appear to be at least a decade away from drinkability. Perhaps because one so rarely encounters this old-style, tannic type of burgundy, it is tempting to dismiss it as too hard and tough. Yet this wine might very well have the unheard-of aging potential of 30 or more years.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Romanée-Conti
Producer:
Domaine de la Romanee Conti
Grapes/Blend:
Pinot Noir
Style:
Grand Cru

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Romanee-Conti is a highly esteemed wine producer located in the Burgundy region of France. The history of this winery dates back to the 13th century when the monks of the Abbey of Saint-Vivant de Vergy first planted vines in the area. The vineyard was later acquired by the de Villaine family in 1869 and has been in their possession ever since.

The style of production at Romanee-Conti is one of meticulous attention to detail. The vineyard is divided into small plots, each with its own unique characteristics, and the grapes are hand-picked and sorted to ensure only the highest quality fruit is used. The winemaking process is traditional, with a focus on minimal intervention to allow the terroir to shine through in the final product.

The wines produced by Romanee-Conti are some of the most sought-after in the world. The estate's flagship wine, Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, is made from Pinot Noir grapes grown on a tiny 1.8-hectare plot of land. The wine is known for its complexity, elegance, and ability to age for decades. Other wines produced by the estate include La Tache, Richebourg, and Echezeaux, all of which are highly regarded by wine enthusiasts.

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