1997 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Cros Parantoux" (stained label)

SKU #1271064 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Rouget's 1997 Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux is an awesome wine. Medium to dark ruby-colored, it exhibits superb aromas of spices, hints of oak, and powerful, fresh red fruit scents. Extremely well-balanced, this medium to full-bodied offering is thick, broad, and well-extracted. Moreover, it exhibits a flavor profile loaded with chocolate-covered cherries, red fruit syrups, and copious quantities of vanilla-infused oak that linger through its impressively long finish. This is a wine that combines power with elegance. It will deliver pleasure early, yet evolve magnificently with cellaring. (PR)  (10/1999)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated, deep ruby red. Fabulous, explosive nose combines blackberry, oriental spices, mocha, roast coffee and cocoa powder; has a distinctly roasted aspect. Thick, large-scaled and deep, with lovely inner-mouth florals and uncanny lift for such a big wine. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and superb persistence. An outstanding '97 in the making. (ST)  (4/1999)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is quite ripe though by no means over ripe with good Vosne spice and excellent intensity all framed by a deft touch of oak leading to rich, full, pure, medium weight flavors underpinned by now fully resolved tannins and fine length. This is classy and refined if not a genuinely great Rouget Cros that has reached its peak, in fact I would be drinking this up over the next 5 to perhaps 10 years as it has no where to go from here but down.  (6/2014)

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