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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti - Romanee-Saint-Vivant - Grand Cru

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96 Points - The Wine Advocate

”The 2012 Romanée St Vivant, incidentally served before Richebourg rather than afterwards unlike previous years, was picked on September 28 and 29 at 24 hectoliters per hectare. There is a wondrous, ethereal purity to this 2012, a little more sumptuous than I recall it from barrel, with kirsch and freshly picked strawberries. As it opens, it gains more and more sensuality. The palate is rounded, almost curvaceous in the mouth, clearly more concentrated than the 2011 with a sense of authority and purpose, a bit of daring-do on the long finish. It leaves a slightly ferrous residue on the aftertaste, completing what is a marvelous and sensual Grand Cru." - Neal Martin

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  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

    Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

    Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

    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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