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2017 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Corton Grand Cru

SKU #1478677 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Still blended from the Renardes, Bressandes and Clos du Roi Grands Crus – the original idea in 2008 was to produce three separate wines – this Corton is appreciably more than the sum of its parts. Floral, direct and engaging, at least by the standards of many Cortons, it arguably reflects its producer as much as its terroir, with clove spice from 75% whole bunches, subtle wood and a long, engaging, refreshing finish. Drinking Window 2025 - 2035. (TA) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Corton Prince Florent de Mérode 2017 features earthy black cherry, spice and iron aromas. Infused with a core of ripe fruit nicely framed by oak, it was fluid and supple, with a long, spicy finish (94 points, non-blind; $820). De Villaine and his team have done a lot of work in the Corton vineyards and the results have shown in the past three vintages. This bottling is a blend of the old vines from Bressandes, Renardes and Clos du Roi. The young vines from each parcel were grafted to the domaine’s Pinot Fin selection 10 years ago and their future inclusion in the blend will add another component. (BS) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A ripe, fresh and layered nose combines notes of plum, spice, earth and plenty of floral influences. There is fine richness to the relatively supple middle weight flavors that possess a velvety mid-palate mouthfeel along with reasonable if not special density, all wrapped in a youthfully austere, balanced and sneaky long finish where a hints of warmth and sweetness eventually emerge. This minerally effort needs to develop better depth but the potential appears to be present for that to occur. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Corton Grand Cru is performing beautifully from bottle, bursting from the glass with a captivating bouquet of peonies, rose hips, sweet red berries, orange rind, spices and subtle soil tones. On the palate, the wine medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, with succulent acids, good concentration and a long, exquisitely perfumed finish. Indeed, it's only by comparison with the domaine's utterly suave wines from Vosne-Romanée later in the tasting that this Corton's tannins seem comparatively coarse-grained. Picked on September 4th, it is showing appreciably better than it did when I tasted it from tank before bottling last year. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Corton Grand Cru was cropped at 33hl/ha, picked on September 4 and bottled on January 23, 2019. The heavenly bouquet, probably one of the finest I have encountered from this property since its inception in 2009, features brambly red fruit, discreet touches of hawthorn and succinct use of oak. Curiously, there is something Pommard-like about this Corton – a sense of earthiness, perhaps. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and quite noticeable acidity, and lightly spiced with touches of white pepper toward the finish. It does not “kick on” like the domaine’s top cuvées, but it shows considerable persistence and should drink well within a couple of years. This ranks alongside the 2016, in my opinion. 692 cases produced. Tasted at Corney & Barrow’s annual in-bottle tasting in London. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

93pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Picked 4th September. Just bottled, to be released next year. Fine mid youthful purple, offering a clean and pure nose, though nothing like the rumbustious character of the 2016. Lively fruit with a hint of orange zest. Sweetly perfumed, fuller bodied than the 2014, a little more velvet but in the same line. Beautiful fruit and mineral acid balance, and indeed persistence."

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