2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru
Burghound | Rating: 98As is often the case with this wine when it is young, the nose is almost always very restrained but even so the word brilliant doesn't begin to capture just how marvelous it is. It's a fool's errand to try and capture all of the various nuances but a few of the major components would include dried rose petals, hoisin, clove, anise and cassis that merge seamlessly into regal, pure and gorgeously intense middle weight flavors that possess seemingly limitless reserves of dry extract that almost completely hide the perfectly integrated tannins on the firm, mineral-driven, overtly austere and linear finish. This possesses such a spectacular nose that you don't even have to drink it to be thrilled and the flavors are perfectly spherical. This may well be the wine of the vintage because wine does not get much, if any, better. If you can somehow justify the scratch required, don't miss it. I would also note that I'm not much on using plus signs with a scoring hierarchy that is already implausibly precise yet I do so here to indicate that I have the smallest of preferences for the '09 Romanee-Conti vis-aAÿ-vis the La Tache. Yes, it would perhaps be just as easy to assign the next highest number rather than adding the plus but this would imply that the '09 RC is as good as the '90, '99 or '05 versions, which even as spectacular as it is, I do not believe that it can quite match those efforts. Hence why I used the plus, just in case you may have wondered.Author: Allen Meadows
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96Good deep red with ruby highlights. Blackberry, boysenberry, violet and peppery herbs on the reticent nose. The palate offers an extraordinary combination of volume and energy, showing classically dry fruit, fresh herb and pepper flavors and less obvious power today than La Tache. But this is also an outsized wine, with a saline, mouth-saturating finish that features great finesse of tannins and superb subtle thrust. Plenty of herbal, spicy, peppery evidence of whole-cluster vinification. The toughest of these wines today and in need of at least 10 or 12 years of cellaring.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 98Pretty floral, black currant leaf, strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors exhibit fine intensity, and the overall impression is one of energy. What sets the 2009 R-C apart is its power and assertive tannins. Though a little reticent today, its potential will be revealed over time.Author: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98The 2009 Romanee-Conti is surprisingly huge and even obvious in this vintage. That isn't a problem, just an observation. Romanee-Conti can be an elusive, intensely cerebral wine, but not in 2009. Floral notes add lift on the vivid, kaleidoscopic finish. Today the Romanee-Conti is all about breathtaking exuberance and richness. This is a breathtaking bottle.Author: Antonio Galloni
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, and 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
- 491 bottles owned
- 93 collectors