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2004 DRC Domaine de la Romanée Conti Grands Echèzeaux Grand Cru

SKU #1028810 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2004 DRC Grands Echézeaux looks destined to be a legendary vintage for this bottling. There is an elegance, transparency and purity to the wine in 2004 that is utterly remarkable. The glorious bouquet offers up notes of raspberries, cherries, Vosne spice, intense rose petal, striking minerality and vanillin oak. On the palate this beautiful wine is fullish, racy and crystal clear, with beautiful soil tones, laser-like focus, tangy acids, and great length and grip on the ripely tannic finish. The 2004 Grands Echézeaux is not a blockbuster by any stretch of the imagination, but is a wonderfully discreet, transparent and intensely-flavored wine of remarkable finesse. Inner quote mark (3/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The fruit is a touch darker than the Echézeaux, offering cherry, licorice and sandalwood aromas. This is also less forthcoming and tight, with a refined structure and plenty of finesse, suggesting greater potential for aging. (BS, Web Only—2012) Inner quote mark

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Initial animal, rustic aromas blow away after a few minutes. On the palate, pure fruits are dominant, just hinting at some of the typical 2004 pepper character. It's a spicy, complex wine, with excellent acidity right through the finish, and always firm. (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2007)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark In contrast to the expressive spiciness of the Echézeaux, this is a clear notch up in elegance and is clearly finer with an ultra high-toned floral and spice-infused nose that is almost completely closed in though this may be due to a subtle touch of reduction and I would suggest decanting this if you're going to try a bottle young. The linear and ultra pure medium full flavors trade more on finesse and refinement than what is usually a relatively powerful and muscular wine. This isn't a big wine but the superb detail and unmatched precision are stunning but be aware that it will be a wine for the patient as this is very understated at present and will very definitely require at least a decade of cellar time to really open up. Inner quote mark (1/2007)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good medium red. Much less forthcoming on the nose than the Echezeaux, hinting at black cherry, flowers and mint; the only one of these 2004s to show a slight vegetal peppery quality. Then sweet, primary and young on the palate, with very good definition and grip to the black fruit and pepper flavors. Finishes with firm, complex tannins. This rather austere but elegant wine needs a good six to eight years of cellaring. The team removed about 30% to 40% of the stems in 2004. 91+ (ST) Inner quote mark (3/2007)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Rather floral, delicate aromas – very fresh and lively and much more refined than the straight Echezeaux. Racy, elegant but suave too. Set fair for a thinner (than Echezeaux), more ballerina-like future if the straight Echezeaux is more of a morris dancer. Rather closer to the 2004 norm than the Echezeaux in its delicacy but still much richer than most 2004s, even if its prominent acidity makes it arguably DRC’s most typical wine of the vintage. Beginning to close up and be a little stern on the end of the palate but impressively long. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2007)

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