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2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru

  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 57601-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (like La Tache, this was still on its lees and not yet racked) Deep, slightly reduced, smoky aromas. Fat and sweet but succulent, harmonious acids give it a penetrating quality. Powerful flavors of red cherry and spice. Quite firm on the aftertaste. This component will be racked only for the final assemblage From a second barrel, which got a microbullage rather than a racking: complex nose of humus and herbs; sweeter and suppler in the mouth, with less gas; smoother, sweeter and longer on the back. From a third barrel, racked in April: expressive, perfumed nose of red cherry and licorice. Sweet and spicy but tight in the mouth, with a firm structure and lovely finesse. But showing less fat today than the previous two samples.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating:

    As the score suggests, I was disappointed and perplexed by the orange zest and red currant-scented 2002 Richebourg. Returning to it numerous times throughout my tasting did not help matters. Tight and dry, it is an angular wine that refuses to blossom on the palate, exhibiting astringent tannin and a light-bodied character.
    Author: Pierre Rovani
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Deep ruby. Heady, violets and mushrooms. Very glorious and gorgeous already but obviously still embryonic. Great depth and vibrancy, This is less obviously sweet at this stage than in many other years but no shame on it for that. Long and very finely etched. The mildest hint of parmesan but mainly white truffles - really convincing, for the long term!
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 10/17/2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    The most forward of the '02s in both barrel and bottle, this floral- and cherry-scented red verges on opulent, yet remains fresh, pure and succulent. There's a more decadent feel to this Richebourg.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Rating: 95

    This is pungently floral with fresh rose notes nuanced by intense red fruits and a deep, wonderfully attractive plumy hint followed by powerfully spiced flavors that offer impeccable balance and real muscle plus a sappy, palate staining finish. The tannins are extremely fine in this vintage and there is a lovely suppleness to the mid-palate without its usual robustness; in fact, there is a pretty textured quality to the structure. This is not to suggest that there isn't plenty of vigor and intensity here, only that this is decidedly more refined than usual, which makes it all the classier.
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2005
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  • 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.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 243 bottles owned
    • 80 collectors