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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti St. Vivant 2004
Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar Review Medium red. Aromas of red cherry and Oriental spices, with a liqueur-like aspect. Sweet, aromatic and penetrating, with lovely acidity giving shape and life to the silky, slowly mounting flavors. In a distinctly feminine style, and more expressive in the mouth today than the Grands-Echezeaux. A supple, suave, sappy wine with a light touch. Finishes long, with dusty tannins.
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This is in the same stylistic camp as the Grands Echézeaux as it is surprisingly understated and subtle with an intensely floral nose of red and black fruit aromas that are nuanced and beautifully elegant, merging seamlessly into linear, reserved, in... Burghound. A Pinot Noir wine from Burgundy in France. 2004 Romanee Conti, Domaine de la Richebourg Grand Cru 750ml
In contrast to the expressive spiciness of the Echézeaux, this is a clear notch up in elegance and is clearly finer with an ultra high-toned floral and spice-infused nose that is almost completely closed in though this may be due to a subtle touch of... Burghound. A Pinot Noir wine from Burgundy in France. 2004 Romanee Conti, Domaine de la Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750ml
Beautiful aromas - like a garden in bloom, fresh ploughed wet earth, crushed raspberries and currants. Full-bodied, balanced and dark-colored, it's satisfying and quite rich and ripe. Suggests enough depth to last in the cellar. Best from 2005 through 2015.
Medium red. Aromas of red cherry and Oriental spices, with a liqueur-like aspect. Sweet, aromatic and penetrating, with lovely acidity giving shape and life to the silky, slowly mounting flavors. In a distinctly feminine style, and more expressive in the mouth today than the Grands-Echezeaux. A supple, suave, sappy wine with a light touch. Finishes long, with dusty tannins.
Just as this yearrsquo;s Echezeaux challenges the quality of the Grands-Echezeaux, another surprise of the vintage is a spectacular showing for the 2005 Romanee-St.-Vivant. A startlingly dark, mouth-watering amalgam of purple plum paste, blackberry preserves, bitter chocolate, toasted walnut, soy, and raw beef intrigues the nose. On the palate, this cleaves to the dark side, with viscous, mouth-coating concentration of lightly-cooked black fruits, charred meat, mysterious forest floor complexity, and bitter-sweet florality, but simultaneously delivers a vibratory finish like that of the energetic Grands-Echezeaux. With its palpable extract, profound personality, and refined but abundant tannins, this is surely wine to set aside for at least a decade.
Deep red. Sexy, highly perfumed nose offers red fruits, cocoa powder and earth. Dense and sappy, showing more energy and cut today than the Grands-Echezeaux. Also conveys strong soil tones but here therersquo;s a compelling mid-palate sweetness and the tannins are quite fine.
Once again, Grands Echézeaux was a tangible step up, in fact the more I believe that it has more breeding than Richebourg or Romanée-Saint-Vivant. Less fruit-driven than I expected, it had a beguiling earthy nose; protean and elegant on the palate. With yields and production that make you understand exactly why Aubert was sceptical whether a 2003 tasting would take place at all last year, it is a tour de force and will undoubtedly become a much sought-after wine in years to come.
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