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2003 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru

  • 92 WA
  • 97 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 58123-2003-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    ($3120) Good red-ruby. Knockout nose of black raspberry, tobacco and flowers; vibrant for 2003. Then dense, creamy and seamless yet almost shockingly vibrant, with outstanding balance and an impression of firm acids. In fact, this is the highest in acidity of these 2003s, with a pH of 3.5 (the rest are between 3.6 and 3.65, according to Villaine). The mounting finish goes on and on. Great wine, perhaps monumental.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2006
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Bright crimson. Extraordinarily opulent, open nose. Very very rich and ripe and absolutely on the borderline of overripe flavours but hugely enjoyable. Slightly br–l‚e and lots of fine tannins underneath. Quite marked acidity too - the first of these wines to show acidity. Dangerous dramatic stuff that perhaps expresses the vintage more than the Tƒche. All upfront with a little bit of astringence and coffee dregs on the finish. Very very different in style from La Tƒche - arguably less complete.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 38871
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Tasted blind, the 2003 Grands Echezeaux from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti impressed its audience and duped everyone from thinking it heralded from the 2003 vintage. It has a potent ripe strawberry, mulberry and dried rose petal nose that actually had to throw off a little reduction upon first acquaintance. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of sappy red berry fruit. The initial tightness gradually dissipates to reveal quite a |stocky| Grands Echezeaux with good length, if not the detail of a top vintage from this vineyard.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Burghound | Rating: 96

    Young Roman‚e-Conti is rarely expressive yet this is as aromatically expressive as the Ech‚zeaux with a gentle touch of wood framing stunningly spicy dark cherry and plum aromas that pull you into the wine with its seductive grace and purity followed by sweet, understated and vibrant medium full flavors that display the best acid/fruit balance of any wine here. This is dense, forceful and long with perhaps more sheer size and muscle than is typical yet the purity of expression and astonishing length is something to behold. But ultimately, just like the La Tƒche, what sets this apart from all the others is not its power, not its richness and not its complexity but rather its completeness. There is a serenity here that cannot be duplicated and must be experienced to really be believed. A great wine by any measure and one that will also be capable of aging with poise for decades.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2006
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: winefolio

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, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 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

  • 191 bottles owned
  • 66 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 66 collectors)