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2017 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru

SKU #1478684 97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Bertrand de Villaine sometimes refers to Romanée-St-Vivant as 'monastic' and there can indeed be a taut, almost ascetic note to the wine when it’s young. This is the tightest and most focused of the 2017s, showing subtle, struck match reduction, chalky top notes and subtle whole bunch aromas of clove and aniseed. The palate is refined, refreshing and almost mouth-watering, with red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, underlying tension and wonderful length. (TA) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru was also showing very well indeed, soaring from the glass with scents of cassis, violets, blood orange, cinnamon and espresso roast that are complemented by carnal nuances of smoked duck and musk. On the palate, it's full-bodied, multidimensional and enveloping, with terrific concentration, rich and powdery structuring tannins and a long, saline finish. This is a dramatic, head-turning Romanée-St-Vivant in the making, and it is showing even better in bottle than it did from barrel. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark It initially has a more reticent bouquet compared to the Richebourg and requests more time in the glass. Eventually it evolves wonderful, almost pixelated scents of red berry fruit, wild hedgerow and crushed stone. Although it is less intense than the previous two vintages, I discern a touch more precision and focus than in the Richebourg. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins. There is a little more body and depth than in the aforementioned Grand Cru; more energy, perhaps. A mixture of red and black fruit emerges toward the finish, the latter becoming more prominent with aeration. This is a delicious Romanée-Saint-Vivant. Beautiful. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A markedly floral and very finely nuanced nose almost timidly reflects notes of rose petal, violet, red currant, sandalwood, tangerine peel and a whisper of anise. The sleek and strikingly refined medium-bodied flavors culminate in a sneaky long if decidedly compact and quite serious finish that is presently on the youthfully austere side. This is an exercise in lace and grace though not one without plenty of punch. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

95-98pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Sublime even mid purple, the nose has gone in to its shell with the cold weather. Darker fruit than at first seemed likely on the nose, very good energy here, linear in style, less whole bunch showing compared to the Echezeaux wines. Lovely fruit and acid balance, very gracious, brings me back to the Corton in its sense of natural balance, very long expressive finish. Tasted: November 2018."


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