2009 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru

SKU #1089150 98 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As 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 Romanée-Conti vis-à-vis the La Tâche. 98+  (1/2012)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 98+ points. The 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. Anticipated maturity: 2029-2059. 98+ (AG)  (4/2012)

98 points Wine Spectator

 Pretty 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. (BS, Web-2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good 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. 96+ (ST)  (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Rich leaf-mould liqueur. Racy. Fine. If anything less rich than the Tâche. Fresh sweetness and lot of energy. Needs a lot of a lot of time. Very pure. Does not play the sweetness card at all. All tingle. And muscle. Racy. Going back, the leaf mould persists. Very firm finish. 18.5+/20 points  (12/2011)

K&L Notes

Surprisingly dark in character for young RC, with a very spicy note in the finish. Terrifically poised and balanced--classic Romanée Conti. Very lovely, very complete. I could drink this wine just by nosing it. At this age the nose tells you all you need to know, and that is that this is truly wonderful wine. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/12) 97_ Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Picked on 14th September, the 2009 Romanee-Conti has a very different aromatic profile to the La Tache: much more broody and withdrawn with very precise brambly dark berry fruit, limestone, a touch of Lapsong Souchang. Leaving the wine in my glass for 5-7 minutes there is a touch of dried blood emerging and it some ways, it reminds me of the Grands Echezeaux. However, this is a bouquet lost in its own thoughts. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins that offer it a deceivingly rigid structure ensuring that it will age for 20-30 years at least. There is a tightly coiled ball of crisp wild strawberry, redcurrant and briary fruit that fans out beautifully towards the finish once it has had time to rest in the glass. The finish is long and glorious, yet effortlessly controlled and refined. Whilst less expressive than the La Tache at this early juncture, it should age in its own solipsistic manner. This is a cerebral Romanee Conti. Tasted February 2012." (03/2012)

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Pinot Noir

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Burgundy

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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.
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