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2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru

abv 13.0%
  • 100 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 98 IWC
  • 100 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 58123-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 98

    ($4; 300) Deep ruby-red. Brooding, multidimensional aromas and flavors of blackberry, minerals, flowers, spices, chocolate and musky earth. Silky and utterly spherical, yet with superb definition and lift carrying straight through to the finish. This titillates all the taste receptors of the palate. A wine of great purity and precision, finishing quite powerful, with firm but fine tannins and spectacular perfume. This should live a very long and glorious life.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2008
  • Burghound | Rating: 99

    An exceptionally floral yet restrained nose with aromas of both rose and violets that combine with a panoply of spice notes yet the overall impression is classic young RC as the nose is both cool and reserved yet aristocratic. The sweet, intense, focused, detailed and vibrant flavors offer superb drive and punch though there is not the sheer scale of the LT yet they're finer and somehow even purer, indeed absolutely crystalline though I kept asking myself how this was possible as the purity of the La Tƒche is itself mind blowing. The descriptor of 'power without weight' came to mind again and again as the flavors slide down the throat with no sense of heaviness yet the impact and precision of the presently somewhat austere finish is quite simply hard to believe. In a word, this is mind bending and in a visceral sense, this is a monumental wine that of real emotional impact. Genius in a glass.
    Drink Dates: 2025+
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2008
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 20

    Bright crimson with a surprisingly deep shaded rim already. Seems even more complex than the Tƒche on the nose - such a jewel! So sturdy and heady and rich and flattering. More hints of a mature DRC with mushrooms and violets than the Tƒche which is a little more pointu and direct rather than this cloud in which one can lose oneself. So complete on the palate - less raw than the Tƒche seemed last night. Such concentration. Dangerously enjoyable. Just like a string on a cello that has been plucked and reverberates.ÿSo long. Great savour and juiciness. The weight of fruit is such that it is easy to overlook those pretty marked tannins that are so easy, ripe yet fresh! Wilder than la Tƒche. Mind you, I'm glad I tasted this in blissful ignorance of the price.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 02/19/2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    There are more startling complexities in the 2005 Romanee-Conti than in any other wine here today, perhaps in the vintage. A stunning, high-toned and utterly unique perfume of pink grapefruit, blood orange, tangerine rind, vivid rose petal, musk, cinnamon, sage, and cassis seduces the olfactors in kaleidoscopic rotation. I hesitate to court sacrilege or ridicule with Germanic allusions but it is impossible not to imagine a great Pinot scented with Gewurztraminer and Scheurebe. On the palate, a pure, clean meatiness emerges, like butchering a meadow-fed lamb, bitter-sweet flowers flying forth in an inner-mouth profusion. Soy and black truffle lend a dark, savory note to the proceedings, leading the long finishing procession over a path strewn with rose petals. Fear not: despite its silken texture, there are abundant tannins woven into this amazing tapestry as well, and I am sure those lucky enough to own some can retain it as collateral, then leave it to their children, safe in the knowledge it has not decayed. Reverential drinking after a dozen or more years would, however, be my preference. Once the grapes in these fabled vineyards had reached a potential alcohol of 13%, reports Aubert de Villaine, he was ready to pick, because conditions had seldom been so conducive to perfect ripeness (including that of the stems). It was all done in a week, commencing with La Tache and Romanee Conti, and finishing on September 23 with Romanee-St.-Vivant (and Montrachet, on which I shall report at a future date). De Villaine intended to bottle in March or April by gravity in six-barrel lots, as has become general practice here over the past decade.
    Author: David Schildknecht
    Issue: 170
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    There's a hint of raisin in the aroma, along with the typical green accent and floral and spice notes. Incredibly rich and mouthcoating, with fine tannins, but monolithic. What a finish. This opens up the most of all the DRC reds with air, revealing berry flavors and a sweet, saturating intensity. Definitely the most backward wine in the group.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2045
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Issue: Web Only - 2012
  • Vinous | Rating: 100

    The 2005 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru was picked on 15 and 16 September at 25hl/ha. Now, this unquestionably lives up to sky high expectations and if anything, shows up some of the other vintages poured alongside. It has a deep core with thin bricking on the rim. The bouquet is breathtaking and transcendental with its mélange of wild strawberry, blackberry, loam and brine all delivered with astonishing pixelation. The palate is crystalline, though it is initially a little introverted like many 2005s, so do afford this an hour or two of decanting. Then it opens with blackberry, crushed stone and brown spices, slightly ferrous towards the finish that has quite profound persistence. The precision is off the charts. The 2005 Romanée-Conti is the real deal. 5,489 bottles produced. Tasted at the Romanée-Conti dinner at the Connaught Hotel.
    Drink Dates: 2020 - 2070
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: Apr 2019
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Violet in color. High rim variation. Slow legs. Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Red Currant, Black currant (cassis), Cherry, Plum, Mineral, Stoniness, Medium Toast, Violet, Rose, Thyme, Green Beans. Full bodied. Silky texture. Long finish. With all of the Vosne's Grand Cru nose. You can really enjoy now, but a lot of future. Great
    Drink Dates: 2025-2050
    Author: hirok

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

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