Burghound | Rating: 91Browning edges to a still ruby core. This is a wine that I've had the privilege of trying many times over the years and it is now in a state of graceful decline. The nose is now completely composed of secondary aromas emphasizing caramel and lots of sous bois followed by flavors that are rich and nicely defined but thinning a touch relative to even 5 years ago. I very much like this wine as I find it beautifully detailed and satisfying in its own way but it's time to drink up. The bottle reviewed here also displayed a hint of finishing astringency but the tannins are quite refined.Author: Allen Meadows
Wine Advocate | Rating: 87Given the fact that the DRC bottled their wines barrel by barrel until the mid-eighties, tasting notes of older bottles can be particularly misleading because of the obvious bottle variation. This bottling, from an outstanding red burgundy vintage, offers a barnyard, cow manure-sort of aroma intermingled with sweet fruit in the background. In the mouth, the wine exhibits full body and significant tannin, as well as extremely high acidity. The result is a wine with plenty of depth, but the high acidity and hard tannins give it a lean, austere impression that is atypical for a DRC wine.Author: Robert Parker
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) is Burgundy's most famous estate, producing all grand cru wines from 25 hectares of vines. The wines are made in extremely limited quantities and generate some of the highest prices on the market. DRC produces the grands crus Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Grands Échezeaux, Échezeaux, and Montrachet, of which both Romanée Conti and La Tâche are monopoles.
Co-proprietor Aubert de Villaine has farmed the vineyards organically since 1986 and has adhered to traditional, natural winemaking practices. Only natural yeasts are used, and aging is done in 100% new oak. The wines are characterized by finesse, balance, and refinement. They clearly reflect a sense of place and have the ability to age while increasing in both character and value.
Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, and reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 46 bottles owned
- 21 collectors