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Region Producer Vintage Name Qtysort descending Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1993 Romanee Saint Vivant

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1 Case 6 75cl £19,500
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    1993
    Romanée St. Vivant
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Oct 14, 2013
    Drink: Try from 2018+
     
    Tasting note: A classic and explosive RSV nose with superbly elegant black fruit aromas that also display hints of dried flowers and stem hints along with the usually Asian spice nuances is followed by still tight, pure, concentrated and intense flavors of outstanding complexity and length. This is dense and still relatively young though not so much that it can't be enjoyed. That said, I would continue to cellar this for another few years though if you're going to try one now it would not be a crime provided that it was decanted for an hour or so first. In sum, this is a dramatic and extremely impressive wine that has it all. Multiple, and mostly consistent, notes though a few bottles have displayed a more pronounced stemminess on the nose that some may find mildly off-putting.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2012 La Tache

1 Case 3 75cl £16,000
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    2012
    La Tâche
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2034+
    Issue: 57
    Tasting note: Though this is by no means exuberant, it's clear that there is good ripeness to the spiced green tea, hoisin, soy, anise, sandalwood and rose petal aromas. The cool, pure and seductively textured medium weight plus flavors brim with both minerality and plenty of dry extract that buffers the extremely firm but not hard shaping tannins on the overtly austere if seriously persistent finish. This is perhaps best described as a block of stone at present and while the tannins are quite fine they are dense and coat the mouth. This is clearly going to need a lot of time and unlike several of the wines in the range, it's not likely to be a good candidate for early drinking. Despite the presence of plenty of volume and muscle, I would still describe 2012 as a vintage of finesse for this storied wine. In a word, brilliant.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2014 Corton

1 Case 3 75cl £7,500
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2014 Echezeaux

1 Case 3 75cl £9,000
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2014 La Tache

1 Case 3 75cl £14,750
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    2014
    La Tâche
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2034+
    Issue: 65
    Producer note: Co-director Aubert de Villaine described the 2015 growing season as "one that was mostly hot and dry yet also one that never went to extremes. The dryness had already begun in the Spring yet along the way there was just enough rain at the right moments to avoid undue hydric stress. The vines benefited from an extremely rapid and precocious June flowering which is always highly beneficial as it allows for uniform ripeness levels throughout each bunch. Despite the presence of the north wind there was almost no shatter and even less in the way of shot berries. July was hotter and drier still and particularly so during the period between the 2nd and 8th where temperatures routinely exceeded 30° C. Some parcels shut down the photosynthetic process for a few days but would then restart and even with this we saw the first signs of véraison in Romanée-Conti and Corton on the 27th. The mid-point of the véraison was reported by the 9th of August which indicated that the harvest would begin in the first 10 days of September. Overall the growing season was really quite relaxed compared to the last few that we have experienced and other than an attack of oidium, it was tranquil. We began the harvest on the 4th of September in Montrachet followed by the Hill of Corton on the 5th and then preceded with: La Tâche on the 7th, 8th; Romanée-Conti on the 10th; Richebourg on the 8th and 9th; Romanée St. Vivant on the 9th, 10th and 11th; Grands Echézeaux on the 11th and 12th and finally the Echézeaux on the 12th and 14th. There was a storm on the 12th but at that point we were almost finished and we finally terminated the harvest on the 14th. There was almost no sorting required as the fruit was exceptionally clean with excellent maturity levels and perhaps just as importantly the ripeness levels were uniform. The skins were thick and there was a very high incidence of tiny berries that just added to the density of the musts. Quantities were good but not high as they ranged from a low of 22 hl/ha for the Corton and Romanée-Conti to a high of 30 hl/ha for the Grands Echézeaux and Montrachet. We vinified with 100% whole clusters and had no difficulties to speak of during the long cuvaison of between 21 and 23 days. As to the wines, it's obviously extremely early but I can say that they are extremely promising. They are at once supple and dense and there is absolutely no trace of surmaturité as was the case in say 2003. They are also exceptionally rich and opulent and I very much like the balance and terroir transparency that should enable all of the wines to age for decades." As the scores and commentaries confirm, the Domaine's 2015s are magnificent and should rank among the very best vintages here made in the 21st C. While we were tasting I remarked to M. de Villaine that the Romanée-Conti seemed to transcend even its typical remarkable quality and he responded by saying that "it is perhaps the best Romanée-Conti that we have made in a very long time." However, as terrific as the 2015s are, I underscore that the 2014s are almost as good and I was particularly impressed by the quality of the Ech and the Grands Ech as they are exceptional, even relative to their normal excellence. De Villaine also noted that as was the case in 2012, 2013 and 2014, there will be no Vosne "1er" cuvée Duvault-Blochet in 2015; lastly, the 2014s revisited below, were bottled between February and April 2016. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, St. Helena, CA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com and Planet Wines, www.planetofwine.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: Fireworks in a glass would be the operative description of the super-fresh nose of the 2014 La Tâche and while it's not necessarily spicier or more floral than the Riche, there is a broader range of elements present and in particular better overall aromatic depth along with more red fruits than dark. The imposingly powerful and tautly muscular flavors possess outstanding mid-palate density while simultaneously offering excellent delineation on the intensely mineral-infused, youthfully austere and very firmly structured finish that just goes on and on. While I suspect that this will drink reasonably well after only 15 to 18 years of bottle age note well that if you want to drink it when fully mature it will require in the range of 20 to 25 years of cellaring.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2017 La Tache

1 Case 3 75cl £14,750
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2009 Richebourg

1 Case 3 75cl £13,500
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    2009
    Richebourg
    Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2015
    Drink: 2034+
    Issue: 58
    Note: made with 100% whole clusters
    Tasting note: The last bottle that I tried displayed a hint of reduction though there was none present with this most recent bottle with its intensely floral and notably ripe nose that features fresh notes of rose petal, plum, mocha and cassis that are sprinkled with exotic spice notes. The expansive and tautly muscular broad-shouldered flavors are, unusually, almost as fine as those of the RSV yet even slightly more complex with the same finely grained tannins. The length is similar but at present, the extra dimension of depth gives this the barest of edges. Either way, this chewy, robust and overly muscular effort is genuinely sensational and clearly built for the very long haul.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2014 Romanee Saint Vivant

2 Case 3 75cl £9,350
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