2009 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93-96
Vinous Media: 91
Burghound: 94
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Echezeaux floats on the palate with inimitable grace and class. It shows dazzling purity in its dark red berries, crushed flowers and sweet spices. At once weightless yet substantial, the 2009 Echezeaux capture all of the qualities that make the Domaine's wines so incredibly appealing. A delicate, harmonious finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.

The historic Domaine de la Romanee-Conti has recently moved offices to a renovated complex in the center of Vosne. Aubert de Villaine compares the 2009s to the 1959s. I will have to take his word for it, as I wasn-t even close to being born when those wines were made. De Villaine thinks the 2009s will remain open throughout their lives. Unfortunately I wasn-t able to taste the Grands-Echezeaux, Richebourg and Romanee-St. Vivant, as the wines were bottled in the days leading up to my visit. I will report on those wines from bottle later this year. The harvest started on September 10 with Corton and ended on September 19 with the last of the Echezeaux. The 2009s were vinified with 100% whole clusters and aged in 100% new oak barrels." (WA)_

"Good bright, dark red. High-pitched, expressive aromas of raspberry, strawberry, minerals, pepper, wild herbs and flowers. Initially quite tight and peppery, with a dry-edged character, this slightly raw wine expanded somewhat with aeration. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and an impression of peppery austerity. The most inscrutable of this set of wines today." (IWC)

"A ripe, elegant and densely fruited nose exudes notes of violets, sandalwood, anise and dried black berries that precede supple, rich and attractively voluminous flavors that retain a fine sense of underlying detail on the wonderfully intense, persistent and quite firm finish. This is an absolutely stunning wine and every bit as good as the genuinely remarkable 2005." (BH)