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Ramonet Clos St Jean Rouge 1er 2011

Domaine Ramonet is amongst the greatest of all the White Burgundy producers. Each year their range of whites rank above the best scores from all the reviewers. The whites are made for the long haul and reward 10+ years cellaring. The range of Premier Cru are outstanding and the Grand Cru if you can find a bottle are of legendary quality. 
 
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Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet "Enseignères" Blanc 2006

Domaine Ramonet is amongst the greatest of all the White Burgundy producers. Each year their range of whites rank above the best scores from all the reviewers. The whites are made for the long haul and reward 10+ years cellaring. The range of Premier Cru are outstanding and the Grand Cru if you can find a bottle are of legendary quality. 

An attractively seductive mix of white flower and citrus peel, where the latter element is picked up by the nicely rich, round and intense middle weight flavors that possess good cut and a subtle minerality while finishing in a slightly warm if persistent finish. This is solid but the straight Puligny villages is more interesting still. Tasted: Oct 01, 2008; Score: 88 Points; Drink: 2010+ Issue 32 Allen Meadows; Burghound
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Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet "Enseignères" Blanc 2007

Domaine Ramonet is amongst the greatest of all the White Burgundy producers. Each year their range of whites rank above the best scores from all the reviewers. The whites are made for the long haul and reward 10+ years cellaring. The range of Premier Cru are outstanding and the Grand Cru if you can find a bottle are of legendary quality. 

The barest trace of reduction is not enough to restrain the pungent green fruit and citrus aromas that precede nicely detailed, vibrant and supple middle weight flavors that possess a solid acid spine and good if not truly special length. I like the balance and if this can add depth in bottle, my score may well be a bit conservative. Note also that there is noticeable gas and a quick 20 minute aeration is suggested.Tasted: Oct 01, 2009; Score: 88 Points; Drink: 2013+ Issue 36 Allen Meadows; Burghound
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Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet "Enseignères" Blanc 2010

Domaine Ramonet is amongst the greatest of all the White Burgundy producers. Each year their range of whites rank above the best scores from all the reviewers. The whites are made for the long haul and reward 10+ years cellaring. The range of Premier Cru are outstanding and the Grand Cru if you can find a bottle are of legendary quality. 

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Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet "Enseignères" Blanc 2011

Domaine Ramonet is amongst the greatest of all the White Burgundy producers. Each year their range of whites rank above the best scores from all the reviewers. The whites are made for the long haul and reward 10+ years cellaring. The range of Premier Cru are outstanding and the Grand Cru if you can find a bottle are of legendary quality. 
 
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Romanee Conti (DRC) Corton 2010

A very ripe yet fresh nose of dark berry fruit, violets and plum enjoy added breadth from the presence of spice, earth and distinct sauvage nuances. This sauvage aspect also characterizes the remarkably rich and full-bodied flavors that possess a velvety texture from the copious amounts of dry extract. The supporting structure possesses a high degree of phenolic maturity and outstanding length on the ever-so-slightly warm finish. This is relatively fine, at least within the context of the typical robust and chewy style of a classic Corton. Score: 93 Points; Tasted: Jan 14, 2013 Drink: 2022+ Issue: 49 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) Echezeaux 2010

Note: approximately 45+ year old vines from 2 different climats, 90% of which is in Les Poulaillères and the other 10% is in Clos St. Denis. Exuberant and ripe spicy purple fruit also exhibits distinct floral and warm earth nuances that go on to suffuse the rich and finely detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent underlying tension before terminating in a focused, intense and gorgeously long finish. This is pure silk and lace but the really impressive aspect of this wine is just how much depth it has. A sublime knockout, particularly by the usual standards of this wine. Score: 94 Tasted: Jan 14, 2013 Drink: 2022+ Issue: 49 Allen Meadows; Burghound

Co-director Aubert de Villaine trenchantly observed about 2010 that "it is rare for a vintage to flirt with so many potential forms of disaster yet in the end manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat and deliver excellent quality. As was the case in 2008, on the weekend of Rameaux the wind came from the west, which told us that it was going to be a difficult year. [Rameaux is the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) which celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. There is an old Burgundian saying that the direction of the wind, called the vent de Rameaux, will be the dominant wind of the vintage.] The flowering always has a primordial and determinative role in the construction of a vintage because it establishes just how much fruit it will produce. In this case the news wasn't positive as the weather was cool and wet which led to an extended and uneven flowering. This of course meant that maturities were disparate, sometimes even in the same bunch. The silver lining in all of this however was that the poor weather created a high proportion of shot berries, which added significant concentration to the musts. The reduced yields also permitted the vines to bring their fruit to a superb level of maturity, which never would have been the case with the cool growing season if we had had a full crop. June and July were at times humid and quite warm, even hot but never very hot. This kind of weather of course favors the development of mildew and oidium. By contrast, August, which saw the véraison, was cold and wet and our spirits about the potential quality of the harvest were apprehensive. We were helped in this though by the thick skins as they proved resistant to the botrytis pressure. On September 12th there was a violent hail storm which hit Santenay and from the same storm our vineyard in Montrachet was heavily rained on. This saw a heavy attack of botrytis on the chardonnay. Thankfully Vosne was spared and because the summer had been relatively cool and wet we didn't have any end-of-season hydric stress. We began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our new vineyards in Corton followed on the 23rd in Montrachet and Richebourg. There was rain on the 24th so nothing was picked that morning but in the afternoon we recommenced with Richebourg. Romanée-Conti was picked on the 25th, La Tâche on the 26th and 27th, Romanée St. Vivant between the 27th and 29th, Grands Echézeaux on the 29th and 30th and we finished with Echézeaux between the 30th of September and the 2nd of October. The fruit was relatively clean but even so there was plenty of sorting required though less than in 2008 or 2011. Potential alcohols ranged between 12.5 and 13%. Yields are never very high at the domaine but they were definitely low in 2010, ranging between 22 and 23 hl/ha. Because of the cool harvest conditions, the wines had a slightly longer than normal cool maceration. In terms of the vinification we used between 50 and 70% whole clusters and there were no problems with the wines finishing their sugars. Overall, 2010 was a gift from heaven as it's much better than we ever expected that it would be. The wines are fresh, intense and beautifully transparent and perhaps best of all, superbly well-balanced. Indeed, it would be fair to say that 2010 is a vintage of elegance rather than power." I was able to taste the DRC '10s twice almost one month apart and while my ranges varied a little they were actually remarkably consistent. Thus I have a high degree of confidence that my scores and comments will very likely prove to be reasonably accurate descriptions of the finished wines. In sum, 2010 is a stunning vintage chez DRC and if it's ultimately to prove not quite as good as 2009, it will be very, very close.
 
 
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Romanee Conti (DRC) Echezeaux 2011

A discreet touch of wood sets off the gorgeously floral, ripe and wonderfully spicy nose of red currant, menthol, black cherry and cassis aromas. There is impressive volume and richness to the naturally sweet, silky and mouth coating medium weight flavors that are shaped by fine-grained tannins on the firm, complex, balanced and strikingly persistent finale that really fans out as it lingers on the palate. This wine continues to make really impressive progress. Score: 93 Points; Tasted: Jan 15, 2014; Drink: 2023+ Issue: 53; Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) Grands Echezeaux 2005

This was last year and still is considerably more reserved and less expressive though the discreet aromas are decidedly more elegant with much more floral influence on the violet and rose petal infused aromas that are nuanced by soy, hoisin and clove notes that can also be found on the muscular, robust and powerful big-bodied flavors that exude dry extract on the detailed and hugely persistent finish. This is both stylish and classy with tautly wound flavors that have that great sense of underlying tension and cuts-like-a-knife precision. Note however that this is, at a comparable stage, so much more primary and backwards than normal that this will need a very long time in the cellar to arrive at its majority, indeed I am not at all sure that the 20 years that I am suggesting will be sufficient. Tasted: Jan 01, 2008 Score: 96 Drink: 2025+ Issue 29 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) Grands Echezeaux 2006

As it usually is relative to the Echézeaux, the restrained nose is distinctly more reserved but classier with a wonderfully intense and layered nose that offers up a variety of spice notes, including anise, clove and soy that can also be found on the pure and sleekly muscled flavors that possess real drive, indeed this does a slow but sure build from the mid-palate on through the explosive finish. This is an interesting wine in that the natural robustness of a fine GE is present but the natural elegance of the vintage tames it somewhat and one could quite accurately describe the '06 GE as robustly elegant and not be wrong. Despite the elegance, this will need plenty of cellar time. Score: 94 Drink: 2021+ Comments: Don't miss! Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) Grands Echezeaux 2007

A more densely fruited nose that is intensely floral in character intermingles with more subtle spice and earth notes as well as notes of game, jerky and tea, most of which are picked up by the fresh, intense, powerful and tautly muscled big-bodied flavors that possess terrific mouth feel and truly impressive finishing depth. This possesses impressive dry extract that renders the firm tannins almost invisible at present but I suspect this buffering effect will not last long before this shuts down. Tasted: Jan 01, 2009 Score: 91-93 Drink: 2019+ Issue 33 Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) Grands Echezeaux 2008

Initially there is noticeable reduction and only aggressive swirling coaxes the otherwise densely fruited nose to reveal a broad array of classic Vosne spice elements that add nuance to the dark berry and rose petal aromas. The rich, full-bodied and palate staining flavors culminate in a beautifully focused and precise finish of stunning length. This is also excellent but the normal separation this enjoys over the Echézeaux does not appear to be present though perhaps time will restore the usual order. But for now though, I remain cautious. Tasted: Jan 01, 2011 Score: 93 Drink: 2025+ Issue 41 Allen Meadows; Burghound
 
Co-director Aubert de Villaine was away on a trip to the Far East during my visit though I discussed his view of the vintage during my 2008 trip, the impressions from which are included below. For the tastings and other details, I met instead with cellar master Bernard Noblet. M. de Villaine described the 2008 growing season as one where the "vegetative cycle started much later than in 2007 as April was both cooler and wetter. The weekend of Rameaux the wind came from the west, which told us that it was going to be a difficult year. [Rameaux is the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) which celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. There is an old Burgundian saying that the direction of the wind, called the vent de Rameaux, will be the dominant wind of the vintage.] The silver lining in this however was that the poor weather created a high proportion of shot berries, which added a lot of concentration to the musts. The floraison was late compared with other recent vintages and was spread over almost three weeks, which typically, and unfortunately, means that the ripening of the berries would be heterogeneous. The prediction of the vent de Rameaux came true as the wind brought rain storm after rain storm from the west during the months of June, July and August. This of course put heavy pressure on our vineyard team to be out treating, leaf pulling and keeping the bunches well aerated. It was such a delicate balancing act that any missteps would have had severe consequences for the quality of the fruit, particularly from botrytis. By the beginning of September, we were becoming increasingly anxious. Mercifully, the rain stopped completely on the 13th of September and the next day the west wind was replaced by the north wind. The beneficial effects of this steady cool and dry wind served to dry out the vineyards, stopped the botrytis and evaporated excess water from the grapes all while accelerating the maturities. We began picking on the 27th in La Tâche because the vines had come to the end of their vegetative cycle and there was no more photosynthesis occurring. We finished with Echézeaux on the 6th of October. Sorting was seriously important, so much so that we threw out between 30 and 40% of the crop. What we kept though was perfectly ripe and had everything necessary to create wines that will age for years. Yields though were very low, even for us at between 15 and 19 hl/ha. Sugars ranged between 12.5 and 12.8% and we destemmed between 30 and 40% of the fruit. Because the weather was so cool at harvest time, so were the grapes when we deposited them into the fermenters and thus there was a natural cool maceration of 9 to 10 days. The extraction did not come easily so we let the grapes macerate tranquilly to accomplish the extraction by themselves. The total cuvaison lasted from 18 to 20 days, depending on the wine." Bernard Noblet added that at this early stage the '08s reminded him of the 1998s.
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Romanee Conti (DRC) Grands Echezeaux 2010

Here the nose is noticeably more reserved and while ripe, the dense, gorgeously complex and highly spicy aromas are rather cool though aggressive swirling grudgingly liberates notes of violets and rose petals, hoisin, soy and clove along with black pinot fruit, cassis and plum. The exceptionally rich but brooding, intense and very serious broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding middle-weight concentration before culminating in an energetic and palate staining finish. This stunningly long effort is also quite fine by the usual standards of the appellation because while this is certainly muscular, it's taut and sleek rather than forbidding. This is extremely classy juice that will require at least 20 years to arrive at its full peak. Score: 93-95 Tasted: Jan 10, 2012 Drink: 2030+ Issue: 45 Don't miss! Allen Meadows; Burghound

Co-director Aubert de Villaine trenchantly observed about 2010 that "it is rare for a vintage to flirt with so many potential forms of disaster yet in the end manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat and deliver excellent quality. As was the case in 2008, on the weekend of Rameaux the wind came from the west, which told us that it was going to be a difficult year. [Rameaux is the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) which celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. There is an old Burgundian saying that the direction of the wind, called the vent de Rameaux, will be the dominant wind of the vintage.] The flowering always has a primordial and determinative role in the construction of a vintage because it establishes just how much fruit it will produce. In this case the news wasn't positive as the weather was cool and wet which led to an extended and uneven flowering. This of course meant that maturities were disparate, sometimes even in the same bunch. The silver lining in all of this however was that the poor weather created a high proportion of shot berries, which added significant concentration to the musts. The reduced yields also permitted the vines to bring their fruit to a superb level of maturity, which never would have been the case with the cool growing season if we had had a full crop. June and July were at times humid and quite warm, even hot but never very hot. This kind of weather of course favors the development of mildew and oidium. By contrast, August, which saw the véraison, was cold and wet and our spirits about the potential quality of the harvest were apprehensive. We were helped in this though by the thick skins as they proved resistant to the botrytis pressure. On September 12th there was a violent hail storm which hit Santenay and from the same storm our vineyard in Montrachet was heavily rained on. This saw a heavy attack of botrytis on the chardonnay. Thankfully Vosne was spared and because the summer had been relatively cool and wet we didn't have any end-of-season hydric stress. We began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our new vineyards in Corton followed on the 23rd in Montrachet and Richebourg. There was rain on the 24th so nothing was picked that morning but in the afternoon we recommenced with Richebourg. Romanée-Conti was picked on the 25th, La Tâche on the 26th and 27th, Romanée St. Vivant between the 27th and 29th, Grands Echézeaux on the 29th and 30th and we finished with Echézeaux between the 30th of September and the 2nd of October. The fruit was relatively clean but even so there was plenty of sorting required though less than in 2008 or 2011. Potential alcohols ranged between 12.5 and 13%. Yields are never very high at the domaine but they were definitely low in 2010, ranging between 22 and 23 hl/ha. Because of the cool harvest conditions, the wines had a slightly longer than normal cool maceration. In terms of the vinification we used between 50 and 70% whole clusters and there were no problems with the wines finishing their sugars. Overall, 2010 was a gift from heaven as it's much better than we ever expected that it would be. The wines are fresh, intense and beautifully transparent and perhaps best of all, superbly well-balanced. Indeed, it would be fair to say that 2010 is a vintage of elegance rather than power." I was able to taste the DRC '10s twice almost one month apart and while my ranges varied a little they were actually remarkably consistent. Thus I have a high degree of confidence that my scores and comments will very likely prove to be reasonably accurate descriptions of the finished wines. In sum, 2010 is a stunning vintage chez DRC and if it's ultimately to prove not quite as good as 2009, it will be very, very close.

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Romanee Conti (DRC) Grands Echezeaux 2011

A brooding and still exceptionally primary nose with a wide variety of floral elements on the cassis, plum liqueur scents that display anise, clove and once again sandalwood hints. There is imposing power to the large-scaled but not massive flavors that possess fine mid-palate density as well as an abundance of palate soaking dry extract before culminating in an explosively long finish. I like the balance as well as the notable depth of material though it will require plenty of time for it to reveal its full potential. Score: 94 Points; Tasted: Jan 15, 2014; Drink: 2028+ Issue: 53; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Romanee Conti 2006

Here too is a very reserved yet ultra classy and refined, indeed even ethereal nose that is quite simply kaleidoscopic in its breadth, combining red, blue and black fruits with spice, earth, minerality and a hint of underbrush that stands aside for the perfectly balanced, pure and stylish medium full flavors that are very firmly but not aggressively structured while delivering flat out unbelievable length yet all the while remaining completely understated in personality. As are all the very best vintages of RC, this is spherical with nothing out of place and this will age effortlessly for decades. The La Tâche is truly spectacular but there is simply another dimension of depth present here. A wine of sheer class and the epitome of the phrase 'power without weight'. Tasted: Jan 01, 2009 Score: 97 Drink: 2026+ Issue 33 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Romanee Conti 2010

This is also intensely spicy with a similar array of highly restrained but exceptionally complex floral and cool red and black berry fruit aromas. There is a real sense of focused power to the beautifully well-delineated, pure and highly nuanced, multifaceted medium-bodied flavors wrapped in a deep reserve of dry extract before culminating in a breathtakingly persistent finish replete with the hallmark youthful austerity. Like all of the great vintages of this most famous of burgundies, it is almost inconceivably spherical with a Zen-like sense of harmony. I could taste this hours later, and like the '10 La Tâche, this is not an especially powerful vintage for Romanée-Conti, but it should be one of the all-time greats in due time. In short, young burgundy just doesn't get any better than this. Score: 99 Points Tasted: Jan 14, 2013 Drink: 2030+ Issue: 49 Allen Meadows; Burghound

Co-director Aubert de Villaine trenchantly observed about 2010 that "it is rare for a vintage to flirt with so many potential forms of disaster yet in the end manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat and deliver excellent quality. As was the case in 2008, on the weekend of Rameaux the wind came from the west, which told us that it was going to be a difficult year. [Rameaux is the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) which celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. There is an old Burgundian saying that the direction of the wind, called the vent de Rameaux, will be the dominant wind of the vintage.] The flowering always has a primordial and determinative role in the construction of a vintage because it establishes just how much fruit it will produce. In this case the news wasn't positive as the weather was cool and wet which led to an extended and uneven flowering. This of course meant that maturities were disparate, sometimes even in the same bunch. The silver lining in all of this however was that the poor weather created a high proportion of shot berries, which added significant concentration to the musts. The reduced yields also permitted the vines to bring their fruit to a superb level of maturity, which never would have been the case with the cool growing season if we had had a full crop. June and July were at times humid and quite warm, even hot but never very hot. This kind of weather of course favors the development of mildew and oidium. By contrast, August, which saw the véraison, was cold and wet and our spirits about the potential quality of the harvest were apprehensive. We were helped in this though by the thick skins as they proved resistant to the botrytis pressure. On September 12th there was a violent hail storm which hit Santenay and from the same storm our vineyard in Montrachet was heavily rained on. This saw a heavy attack of botrytis on the chardonnay. Thankfully Vosne was spared and because the summer had been relatively cool and wet we didn't have any end-of-season hydric stress. We began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our new vineyards in Corton followed on the 23rd in Montrachet and Richebourg. There was rain on the 24th so nothing was picked that morning but in the afternoon we recommenced with Richebourg. Romanée-Conti was picked on the 25th, La Tâche on the 26th and 27th, Romanée St. Vivant between the 27th and 29th, Grands Echézeaux on the 29th and 30th and we finished with Echézeaux between the 30th of September and the 2nd of October. The fruit was relatively clean but even so there was plenty of sorting required though less than in 2008 or 2011. Potential alcohols ranged between 12.5 and 13%. Yields are never very high at the domaine but they were definitely low in 2010, ranging between 22 and 23 hl/ha. Because of the cool harvest conditions, the wines had a slightly longer than normal cool maceration. In terms of the vinification we used between 50 and 70% whole clusters and there were no problems with the wines finishing their sugars. Overall, 2010 was a gift from heaven as it's much better than we ever expected that it would be. The wines are fresh, intense and beautifully transparent and perhaps best of all, superbly well-balanced. Indeed, it would be fair to say that 2010 is a vintage of elegance rather than power." I was able to taste the DRC '10s twice almost one month apart and while my ranges varied a little they were actually remarkably consistent. Thus I have a high degree of confidence that my scores and comments will very likely prove to be reasonably accurate descriptions of the finished wines. In sum, 2010 is a stunning vintage chez DRC and if it's ultimately to prove not quite as good as 2009, it will be very, very close.
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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Romanee Conti 2010 1500ml

This is also intensely spicy with a similar array of highly restrained but exceptionally complex floral and cool red and black berry fruit aromas. There is a real sense of focused power to the beautifully well-delineated, pure and highly nuanced, multifaceted medium-bodied flavors wrapped in a deep reserve of dry extract before culminating in a breathtakingly persistent finish replete with the hallmark youthful austerity. Like all of the great vintages of this most famous of burgundies, it is almost inconceivably spherical with a Zen-like sense of harmony. I could taste this hours later, and like the '10 La Tâche, this is not an especially powerful vintage for Romanée-Conti, but it should be one of the all-time greats in due time. In short, young burgundy just doesn't get any better than this. Score: 99 Points Tasted: Jan 14, 2013 Drink: 2030+ Issue: 49 Allen Meadows; Burghound

Co-director Aubert de Villaine trenchantly observed about 2010 that "it is rare for a vintage to flirt with so many potential forms of disaster yet in the end manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat and deliver excellent quality. As was the case in 2008, on the weekend of Rameaux the wind came from the west, which told us that it was going to be a difficult year. [Rameaux is the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) which celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. There is an old Burgundian saying that the direction of the wind, called the vent de Rameaux, will be the dominant wind of the vintage.] The flowering always has a primordial and determinative role in the construction of a vintage because it establishes just how much fruit it will produce. In this case the news wasn't positive as the weather was cool and wet which led to an extended and uneven flowering. This of course meant that maturities were disparate, sometimes even in the same bunch. The silver lining in all of this however was that the poor weather created a high proportion of shot berries, which added significant concentration to the musts. The reduced yields also permitted the vines to bring their fruit to a superb level of maturity, which never would have been the case with the cool growing season if we had had a full crop. June and July were at times humid and quite warm, even hot but never very hot. This kind of weather of course favors the development of mildew and oidium. By contrast, August, which saw the véraison, was cold and wet and our spirits about the potential quality of the harvest were apprehensive. We were helped in this though by the thick skins as they proved resistant to the botrytis pressure. On September 12th there was a violent hail storm which hit Santenay and from the same storm our vineyard in Montrachet was heavily rained on. This saw a heavy attack of botrytis on the chardonnay. Thankfully Vosne was spared and because the summer had been relatively cool and wet we didn't have any end-of-season hydric stress. We began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our new vineyards in Corton followed on the 23rd in Montrachet and Richebourg. There was rain on the 24th so nothing was picked that morning but in the afternoon we recommenced with Richebourg. Romanée-Conti was picked on the 25th, La Tâche on the 26th and 27th, Romanée St. Vivant between the 27th and 29th, Grands Echézeaux on the 29th and 30th and we finished with Echézeaux between the 30th of September and the 2nd of October. The fruit was relatively clean but even so there was plenty of sorting required though less than in 2008 or 2011. Potential alcohols ranged between 12.5 and 13%. Yields are never very high at the domaine but they were definitely low in 2010, ranging between 22 and 23 hl/ha. Because of the cool harvest conditions, the wines had a slightly longer than normal cool maceration. In terms of the vinification we used between 50 and 70% whole clusters and there were no problems with the wines finishing their sugars. Overall, 2010 was a gift from heaven as it's much better than we ever expected that it would be. The wines are fresh, intense and beautifully transparent and perhaps best of all, superbly well-balanced. Indeed, it would be fair to say that 2010 is a vintage of elegance rather than power." I was able to taste the DRC '10s twice almost one month apart and while my ranges varied a little they were actually remarkably consistent. Thus I have a high degree of confidence that my scores and comments will very likely prove to be reasonably accurate descriptions of the finished wines. In sum, 2010 is a stunning vintage chez DRC and if it's ultimately to prove not quite as good as 2009, it will be very, very close.
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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Romanee Conti 2011

Discreet wood sets off a wonderfully elegant, airy and ultra-pure dark pinot fruit nose that is perhaps even more reticent and shut down than the La Tâche and only seriously aggressive swirling can reveal stubborn notes of rose petal, spice and menthol influence. The ultra-silky but firm medium-scaled flavors are also blessed with an impressive abundance of dry extract that buffers the prominent but ripe supporting tannins on the moderately austere, deep and palate coating finish. The length here is genuinely amazing, indeed even at this early juncture this is already the longest wine in the range. As it virtually always is at this point in its development, this is an exercise in understatement, poise and controlled power with an unrivaled purity of expression. In sum, this is Zen-like. As to whether it will ultimately be better than the La Tâche in 2011 remains to be seen but for now the two seem to be neck and neck from a purely qualitative perspective. Score: 96 Points; Tasted: Jan 15, 2014; Drink: 2031+ Issue: 53; Allen Meadows; Burghound

As usual, we finished with Romanée-Conti. It exhibits the classic green note in its aroma and a more subtle profile of floral, cherry and red berry notes, all matched to a sublime texture and wonderful harmony (94–97). "It has a density of tannins that's different from the others," smiled de Villaine. "It's another world." Wine Spectator

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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Tache 2004

This too is sublime in its subtlety and grace with ineffably pure aromas and it strikes a balance between the opulence of the RSV and the restraint of the GE with an expressive yet ultra fine nose of rose petals, violets and seductive spice notes that introduce unbelievably refined flavors that seem crafted from silk and lace, culminating in a linear, mouth coating finish that detonates like a bomb and lasts and lasts. At present, this is taut and precise with the lithe muscularity of a world class gymnast yet it is not lean or unduly tight as there is a generosity to the mid-palate that serves to buffer the underlying tannic spine that will permit this to age for decades. This is clearly a great wine and I wouldn't be surprised at all if my rating went up simply because I expect that this will put on weight with age. Tasted: Jan 01, 2006 Score: 93-96 Drink: 2020+ Comments: Don't miss! Issue 21 Allen Meadows, Burghound


I had a chance to taste the 2004s twice, approximately 14 days apart. While there were minor differences, from a critic's perspective I was very pleased to see how consistent the wines showed. Interestingly, there seem to be two distinctly different styles within these 2004s with one side being opulent, open and accessible and the other being reserved, linear and understated. And for the exactly the same reason since I had a chance to taste the domaine's 2003s twice as well, all of the bottled '03s came within the predicted ranges. They're distinctly different from the '04s and '02s but not without considerable interest. From what I hear in the marketplace, they will be frightfully expensive but the quality will not disappoint. Note: de Villaine indicated that the domaine will in all probability produce the Cuvée Duvault-Blochet in 2004 and I have included a review herein.


I have mentioned in prior Issues the sky rocketing quality of the Romanée St. Vivant, which started in 1995 but reached serious traction with 2001 as it surpassed both the Grands Echézeaux and the Richebourg. It has done so again in 2003 as it's truly a spectacular wine, indeed only slightly behind the La Tâche. It seems to have given up a bit in 2004, perhaps because of the hail damage though we'll see what happens next year once it is in bottle. Allen Meadows, Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Tache 2006

While young La Tâche has the reputation of always being highly expressive aromatically, even explosive, there are some vintages where this tendency is more muted and 2006 is one of these. The positively gorgeous if presently reserved nose offers up the hallmark spice and floral components that are broad and deep though requiring some real glasswork to coax out but it's worth the effort as the nose here, restrained or not, is brilliant. The big and generous flavors are an exercise in contrasts as they are at once round and rich while remaining wonderfully defined and precise with more minerality coming to the fore than any of the prior wines displayed, all wrapped in a linear, precise and palate staining finish that not withstanding the initial aromatic reserve, is indeed explosive. This is already harmonious and the transparency and purity of expression are something to see. While I do not argue that the '06 La Tâche rivals vintages like '99 or '05, there is something special about this one that causes me to already be in love with it. In a word, magnificent and now that it is in bottle, my original description needs no modification except perhaps to observe that this is a Zen-like vintage for La Tâche as it is very calm and deliberate in demeanor. Tasted: Jan 01, 2009 Score: 96 Drink: 2026+ Issue 33 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Tache 2007

Good medium red. Explosive aromas of red berries, Oriental spices, pepper and truffley underbrush. The wild but utterly silky palate offers extraordinary sweetness and perfume, but with a savory, firm edge giving it shape and grip. Not at all a blockbuster, but impeccably balanced wine. The finish features utterly noble tannins and outstanding rising length. This actually shows less obvious sweetness today than the Romanee-Conti and thus comes across as every bit as tight as that wine. Rated: 96 Points; by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

The 2008 La Tache amply illustrates why this monopole is the darling among most of those lucky enough to regularly taste or collect the wines of the Domaine de La Romanee-Conti. Hints of mocha, vanilla, maraschino, and almond paste lend a confectionary note to generously rich cassis and raspberry, while Latakia tobacco, peat, clove, black pepper, star anise, and cumin contribute commune-typical Vosne-Romanee personality in spades. The high-toned, sweet themes continue inner mouth, with intimation of heliotrope, rowan, and lily perfume, while the wine’s smoky, spicy elements seem to descend into a low-register undertone of roasted red meats and forest floor. As this opens to the air, a subtly sweet-saline suggestion of lobster shell reduction adds richness and succulence. Strikingly creamy in feel, this La Tache nevertheless possessed a fresh berry edge that helps convey vibrancy to a finish that practically glows in your mouth, offering another of those Burgundian paradoxes of light and dark. Here, de Villaine’s case for long-term potential is easily made, and I expect this will richly reward at least 15-20 years of attention. 96 Points; Wine Advocate # 189, Drink: 2010 - 2030

A reserved yet equally kaleidoscopic nose of red, blue and violet aromas that is wonderfully broad, spicy, fresh, airy and layered leads to intensely floral, mineral infused and focused medium weight plus flavors that possess a strikingly attractive mouth feel and while in the context of the pantheon of great vintages of this storied wine, the '07 will be viewed as one of the lighter examples, the focus and balance here is nigh on perfect as the finish explodes into a hugely long finale, all underpinned by firm tannins and bright acidity. This may seem to be a lighter vintage but it will require at least 15 years of cellar time before this will be sufficiently civilized to drink with real pleasure and probably 25 before it's fully resolved. One other point bears mentioning: it's been a number of vintages since I last saw La Tâche best the Romanée-Conti but 2007 may be one of them. Tasted: Jan 30, 2010 Score: 95 Points; Drink: 2022+ Issue 37 Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Tache 2008

This takes a while to get going because like the Richebourg, this is initially reduced so you'll need to decant it if you're going to sacrifice a young wine on the altar of curiosity. After aggressive swirling, a highly expressive and kaleidoscopic nose offers up a dazzling breadth of aromas with more rose petal and violet notes combining with those of kirsch, herb and humus, all of which are reflected by the ripe, pure and extremely fresh silkily-textured big-bodied flavors that possess firm tannins that are completely enrobed by the impressive amount of extract that also coats the mouth on the hugely long and ever-so-slightly minty finish. The '08 La Tâche is not an especially powerful wine by its standards and it's more like a gymnast with its sleek muscularity. That said and again like the Richebourg, all of the structural elements are not yet in perfect balance but the sheer length of the finish is immense, which is always a very positive sign. Tasted: Jan 01, 2011 Score: 96 Drink: 2030+ Issue 41 Allen Meadows; Burghound
 
Co-director Aubert de Villaine was away on a trip to the Far East during my visit though I discussed his view of the vintage during my 2008 trip, the impressions from which are included below. For the tastings and other details, I met instead with cellar master Bernard Noblet. M. de Villaine described the 2008 growing season as one where the "vegetative cycle started much later than in 2007 as April was both cooler and wetter. The weekend of Rameaux the wind came from the west, which told us that it was going to be a difficult year. [Rameaux is the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) which celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. There is an old Burgundian saying that the direction of the wind, called the vent de Rameaux, will be the dominant wind of the vintage.] The silver lining in this however was that the poor weather created a high proportion of shot berries, which added a lot of concentration to the musts. The floraison was late compared with other recent vintages and was spread over almost three weeks, which typically, and unfortunately, means that the ripening of the berries would be heterogeneous. The prediction of the vent de Rameaux came true as the wind brought rain storm after rain storm from the west during the months of June, July and August. This of course put heavy pressure on our vineyard team to be out treating, leaf pulling and keeping the bunches well aerated. It was such a delicate balancing act that any missteps would have had severe consequences for the quality of the fruit, particularly from botrytis. By the beginning of September, we were becoming increasingly anxious. Mercifully, the rain stopped completely on the 13th of September and the next day the west wind was replaced by the north wind. The beneficial effects of this steady cool and dry wind served to dry out the vineyards, stopped the botrytis and evaporated excess water from the grapes all while accelerating the maturities. We began picking on the 27th in La Tâche because the vines had come to the end of their vegetative cycle and there was no more photosynthesis occurring. We finished with Echézeaux on the 6th of October. Sorting was seriously important, so much so that we threw out between 30 and 40% of the crop. What we kept though was perfectly ripe and had everything necessary to create wines that will age for years. Yields though were very low, even for us at between 15 and 19 hl/ha. Sugars ranged between 12.5 and 12.8% and we destemmed between 30 and 40% of the fruit. Because the weather was so cool at harvest time, so were the grapes when we deposited them into the fermenters and thus there was a natural cool maceration of 9 to 10 days. The extraction did not come easily so we let the grapes macerate tranquilly to accomplish the extraction by themselves. The total cuvaison lasted from 18 to 20 days, depending on the wine." Bernard Noblet added that at this early stage the '08s reminded him of the 1998s.
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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Tache 2009

A discreet but incredibly complex nose features notes of spicy, pure and relatively high-toned fruit that is laced with plenty of rose petal and violet hints. There is excellent energy and freshness to the lacy and stunningly precise broad-scaled flavors that build in intensity from the densely concentrated mid-palate to the explosive and mouth coating finish that seemingly goes on without end. This is a big LT with ample muscle and very firm but not aggressive structure along with superb depth of underlying material and positively mind-blowing length. But the real genius of this wine is the Zen-like harmony and poise though note that it is very tightly wound and will need many years of cellaring before it will be completely ready. In a word, magnificent. Tasted: Jan 10, 2012; Score: 98 Points; Drink: 2034+ Allen Meadows; Burghound

Co-director Aubert de Villaine observed that 2009 was a "great but not easy growing season. The vines got off to an early start and while there was plenty of sun, there was also a relatively high incidence of minor storms that had two effects. The positive side is that it allowed the vines to stockpile water, which allowed them to endure the heat of August and September without stress. The negative aspect is that it encouraged disease and thus we had to remain really vigilant. And it required a lot of treatments as those we applied were constantly being washed off. All of this work though paid for itself handsomely as we harvested some of the most beautiful fruit that I have ever seen. There wasn't much to sort and as we saw in 1999 and 2005, there was a great deal of shot berries, which meant that the wines were going to be well concentrated. Even better, yields were relatively generous, which is to say at the same levels that we obtained in 1999 and 2005. We began picking on the 10th of September with our new vineyards in Corton, which were clearly ahead of Vosne in terms of maturity. Thereafter we picked the Richebourg on the 13th, Romanée-Conti on the 14th, La Tâche on the 14th and 15th, Romanée St. Vivant on the 15th and 16th, Grands Echézeaux on the 17th and 18th and finally the Echézeaux on the 18th and 19th. The Montrachet was picked on the 15th. We have some young vines in La Tâche and normally they are not included but in 2009 they were so fine and ripe that we kept them. The stems were also very ripe and we used 100% of them for the vinifications. As to the wines, I can't help but think of 1959 as a vintage comparable. These are the kinds of vintages where Mother Nature smiled and you can sense this in the harmony of the wines. They are relaxed as everything is in its proper place. Moreover, the '09s are very charming and seductive but different from say the '99s, which are bigger and perhaps more complex but less charming. We will of course see as time goes on but for now, I am extremely optimistic that 2009 is going to be a great vintage." My own sense is that while 2009 is not necessarily a great vintage everywhere, it is indeed a fabulous vintage chez Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Tache 2010

This is perhaps even more floral than the Richebourg and every bit as spicy on the ultra-pure, cool and remarkably elegant mix of red and blue pinot fruit, red currant and wild red berries that are openly mineral-inflected. As with all of the DRC '09s, the equally stony flavors and supporting tannins are extremely fine and while there is ample power and vibrancy, the palate feel is all silk and satin. To be sure, this is a big wine with impressive concentration but this is definitely not cut from the same cloth as say the 2005 or 2009 versions are. I can admire both styles but this one is seriously lovely. Readers should note however that while the 2010 LT is exceptionally fine it will still require some 25 years of cellar time before it reaches its full majority. Score: 96-99 Tasted: Jan 10, 2012 Drink: 2035+ Issue: 45 Don't miss! Allen Meadows; Burghound

Co-director Aubert de Villaine trenchantly observed about 2010 that "it is rare for a vintage to flirt with so many potential forms of disaster yet in the end manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat and deliver excellent quality. As was the case in 2008, on the weekend of Rameaux the wind came from the west, which told us that it was going to be a difficult year. [Rameaux is the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) which celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. There is an old Burgundian saying that the direction of the wind, called the vent de Rameaux, will be the dominant wind of the vintage.] The flowering always has a primordial and determinative role in the construction of a vintage because it establishes just how much fruit it will produce. In this case the news wasn't positive as the weather was cool and wet which led to an extended and uneven flowering. This of course meant that maturities were disparate, sometimes even in the same bunch. The silver lining in all of this however was that the poor weather created a high proportion of shot berries, which added significant concentration to the musts. The reduced yields also permitted the vines to bring their fruit to a superb level of maturity, which never would have been the case with the cool growing season if we had had a full crop. June and July were at times humid and quite warm, even hot but never very hot. This kind of weather of course favors the development of mildew and oidium. By contrast, August, which saw the véraison, was cold and wet and our spirits about the potential quality of the harvest were apprehensive. We were helped in this though by the thick skins as they proved resistant to the botrytis pressure. On September 12th there was a violent hail storm which hit Santenay and from the same storm our vineyard in Montrachet was heavily rained on. This saw a heavy attack of botrytis on the chardonnay. Thankfully Vosne was spared and because the summer had been relatively cool and wet we didn't have any end-of-season hydric stress. We began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our new vineyards in Corton followed on the 23rd in Montrachet and Richebourg. There was rain on the 24th so nothing was picked that morning but in the afternoon we recommenced with Richebourg. Romanée-Conti was picked on the 25th, La Tâche on the 26th and 27th, Romanée St. Vivant between the 27th and 29th, Grands Echézeaux on the 29th and 30th and we finished with Echézeaux between the 30th of September and the 2nd of October. The fruit was relatively clean but even so there was plenty of sorting required though less than in 2008 or 2011. Potential alcohols ranged between 12.5 and 13%. Yields are never very high at the domaine but they were definitely low in 2010, ranging between 22 and 23 hl/ha. Because of the cool harvest conditions, the wines had a slightly longer than normal cool maceration. In terms of the vinification we used between 50 and 70% whole clusters and there were no problems with the wines finishing their sugars. Overall, 2010 was a gift from heaven as it's much better than we ever expected that it would be. The wines are fresh, intense and beautifully transparent and perhaps best of all, superbly well-balanced. Indeed, it would be fair to say that 2010 is a vintage of elegance rather than power." I was able to taste the DRC '10s twice almost one month apart and while my ranges varied a little they were actually remarkably consistent. Thus I have a high degree of confidence that my scores and comments will very likely prove to be reasonably accurate descriptions of the finished wines. In sum, 2010 is a stunning vintage chez DRC and if it's ultimately to prove not quite as good as 2009, it will be very, very close.

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Romanee Conti (DRC) La Tache 2011

As it was from cask this is more restrained than usual and it requires aggressive swirling to coax the pure and spicy essence of red berry fruit aromas to emerge from the glass where there is a slight hint of herbal tea present. There is a similar reserve to the distinctly focused and linear flavors that enjoy a seemingly unlimited reserve of dry extract that renders the fine-grained and silky tannins almost invisible at present though I suspect that they will become much more apparent once the baby fat melts away. There is superb complexity and fantastic length and this mineral-driven effort should be capable of drinking well after only 12 years or so of bottle age but require a solid 20 before it's completely mature. While La Tâche is almost by definition a superbly elegant wine there is also always an inner core of muscle. In 2011 it seems to have more of the former and a bit less of the latter, indeed this may the first vintage in quite a while where it is ready before the Richebourg. Score: 96 Points; Tasted: Jan 15, 2014; Drink: 2029+ Issue: 53; Allen Meadows; Burghound

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