2006 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Vosne-Romanée Cuvée Duvault Blochet 1er Cru
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($250) Good medium red. High-toned, expressive nose offers raspberry, strawberry, smoke and exotic spices. Sweet and lush in the mouth but less open than on the nose, showing a dominant flavor of raspberry. The initially sweet tannins turned a bit dusty with aeration.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 2009
Burghound | Rating: 92An expressive, spicy and relatively high-toned nose of both red and black pinot fruit that is terrifically complex introduces fresh, intense and notably mineral-driven medium full flavors blessed with plenty of dry extract that lends a real sense of body and fullness to the firm and vibrant finish underpinned by a lovely feeling of tension and punch. Interestingly, the tannins are slightly less refined than those of the Ech‚zeaux but it matches it in virtually ever other category. This may very well be the best vintage for this cuv‚e since 1999 when the domaine began releasing it periodically.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 1st Quarter, 2009
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Pale-medium garnet. Effortless, subtle but intense aroma of almost exotic spice - cinnamon - and dark red fruit. Bright freshness through the middle of soft velvety fruit and yet there's a very fine tannin structure. Warm and satisfying and already so welcoming. Long and fragrant on the finish. (JH)Author: Julia Harding MWIssue: 08-04-2009
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The Domaine's 2006 Vosne-Romanee Duvault-Blochet represents an assemblage from younger vines in Echezeaux, Grands-Echezeaux, Romanee-St.-Vivant, and Richebourg whose fruit did not make the cut for the estates grands vins. (Such a second wine has been essayed on several other occasions during the past decade. Previous bottlings of this cuvee were labeled |Vosne 1er Cru| which has led to occasional confusion. While the Domaine de La Romanee-Conti notoriously owns choice parcels of several Vosne premier crus, they have never - at least under the current management - bottled any wine from those sites, but rather only from their grand cru holdings.) Dark cherry, black raspberry, licorice, and charred meat in the nose lead to an initially lush, silken-textured palate, generously-fruited and tinged with clove and mace. The abundance of fine-grained tannin here becomes evident in the finish, accentuated by a hint of detached oak, but lightly-cooked fruit, charred meat, and spice continue to generously dominate. I would expect this to be best enjoyed over the next 4-5 years.Author: David Schildknecht
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Tight, with hints of spice and berry, opening up with air into a rich, pure, cherry-flavored red. The tannins are a little rustic, and this lacks the length of its grander cousins, yet delivers the charming fruitiness that characterizes the vintage.'Non-blind 2006 DRC tasting (February 2009).Author: Bruce Sanderson
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
- 196 bottles owned
- 30 collectors