2010 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Le Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1126938 98 points Vinous

 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)  (11/2015)

97 points Wine Spectator

 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)

96 points 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.  (6/2013)

95 points 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)  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (2/2013)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.