2008 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru

Year: 2008
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Vinous Media: 92
Burghound: 93
Red Wine
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"Medium red, less saturated than the Echezeaux. Initially reduced aromas of smoke, truffle and underbrush showed some strawberry lift with aeration. Suave on entry, then dry and reticent in the middle, displaying more soil tones today than high-pitched primary fruits. Deeper than the Echezeaux but not yet as delineated. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and excellent length." (IWC)

"Initially there is noticeable reduction and only aggressive swirling coaxes the otherwise densely fruited nose to reveal a broad array of classic Vosne spice elements that add nuance to the dark berry and rose petal aromas. The rich, full-bodied and palate staining flavors culminate in a beautifully focused and precise finish of stunning length. This is also excellent but the normal separation this enjoys over the Echézeaux does not appear to be present though perhaps time will restore the usual order. But for now though, I remain cautious." (BH)

Winery Notes:
The nose is profound and majestic. On the mouth: dark fruit and liquorice. This is a rich wine even in its present austerity, showing power and minerality.