($620) Deep ruby-red. Superripe yet almost magically vibrant aromas of black fruits, chocolate liqueur and mint. Hugely concentrated, powerful and thick, with fruit of steel and great class. Finishes with uncanny breadth of tannins and persistence. An obvious knockout. Like the top grand crus from Bouchard, this will benefit from six to eight years of cellaring.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97
A stellar wine, the 2002 La Romanee sports a gorgeous nose of violets, roses, spices, raspberries, and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, it is super-ripe, wonderfully elegant, fresh, pure, and exhibits an exceedingly long finish. Great velvety waves of candied red, bing, and black cherries dominate this decadent (yet refined) gem's personality. Its tannin is perfectly ripe, sweet and syrupy, rendering the wine seamless and sensual. Wow!
Author: Pierre Rovani
This saw slightly more oak than the La Roman‚e of the Vicomte Liger-Belair but this will rapidly be absorbed and I did not find any material differences between this wine and the wine reviewed in the La Roman‚e Progress Report below and thus I repeat that note here for ease of reference: An adroit trace of wood frames stunningly elegant, dazzlingly complex black fruit aromas, leading to sappy, mouth coating, powerful and very deep if presently tight and somber flavors of astonishing richness and length. But it's the seamless harmony, superb purity of expression and sheer class that distinguishes this. In a word, breathtaking.