2010 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Le Montrachet Grand Cru
One of my personal favorites, the 2010 Montrachet dazzles with its crystalline purity, tension and focus. In many vintages, the Montrachet veers towards opulence, but the 2010 is much more a wine of vibrant, pulsating energy. White orchard fruit, slate, crushed rocks, mint and white pepper notes open up, but above all else, the 2010 truly stands out because of its diamond-like translucence and precision. There is some botrytis here, but it is not especially apparent, at least not yet. Closing notes of saline-infused minerality kick the finish into high gear as the 2010 shows off is captivating personality. If there is any recent vintage of Montrachet I would mortgage the house for, the 2010 is it. The 2010 is a stunning Montrachet. 98+ (AG)
Normally lush and opulent, this version is sleek and racy, with clean, focused aromas of acacia, peach, citronella and subtle pineapple. Very pure and vibrant, this ends with a long, mouthwatering finish of spice and mineral.—Non-blind 2010 DRC tasting (March 2013). Best from 2016 through 2030. (BS, Web-2013)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A strikingly fresh, ripe and airy nose displays moderately exotic white and yellow fruit aromas where additional notes of acacia blossom, citrus, pain grillé, citrus zest and fennel hints can be appreciated. There is superb size, weight and detail to the broad-shouldered and breathtakingly concentrated flavors that completely coat the mouth with dry extract before culminating in a driving, precise, linear and impeccably well-balanced finish. There is so much volume that the underlying minerality seems almost lost but I suspect that it will become more apparent as this ages. Speaking of which, this will be a rare Domaine Montrachet that may not need 15+ years before it is approachable even though it's going to hold effortlessly for several decades.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale greenish-yellow. Musky, iodiney aromas of pineapple, resin, honey and spicy oak. An intensely mineral wine with almost painful cut to its tactile flavors of menthol, honey, spice oils and peppermint. This extremely dense wine conveys a strong impression of dry extract but is more about saline minerality and soil tones than primary fruits. Finishes with intriguing mentholated lift. This brilliant rendition of terroir will need a good 10 to 15 years of bottling aging. De Villaine believes this wine is not as rich as usual but is very fresh. I find it plenty dense but a bit youthfully disjointed, less honeyed than in some recent vintages but with great class and longer-term potential. 95+ (ST)
NB vintage. Spiky wake-up call on the nose. Very crisp rather than rich. Masculine and meaty on the nose. A big statement. Very clean and neat. Lots of citrus and minerals rather than opulence. Rather less rich on the palate than usual. Though it’s 14% as usual. 18/20 points (JR)