2009 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 97-99
Vinous Media: 96
Burghound: 98+
Red Wine
Price :
$5,500.00
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"The 2009 Romanee-Conti is elusive and mysterious. Each taste reveals a different shade of the wine's multi-dimensional, kaleidoscopic personality. As is often the case in great years, Romanee-Conti is a wine of contrasts; open yet inward, seductive yet elusive. It's all there in the glass. Dark wild cherries, sweet spices, mint and flowers are some of the nuances that wrap around the palate on the eternal, majestic finish. Anticipated maturity: 2029-2059.

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 deep red with ruby highlights. Blackberry, boysenberry, violet and peppery herbs on the reticent nose. The palate offers an extraordinary combination of volume and energy, showing classically dry fruit, fresh herb and pepper flavors and less obvious power today than La Tache. But this is also an outsized wine, with a saline, mouth-saturating finish that features great finesse of tannins and superb subtle thrust. Plenty of herbal, spicy, peppery evidence of whole-cluster vinification. The toughest of these wines today and in need of at least 10 or 12 years of cellaring." (IWC)

"As is often the case with this wine when it is young, the nose is almost always very restrained but even so the word brilliant doesn't begin to capture just how marvelous it is. It's a fool's errand to try and capture all of the various nuances but a few of the major components would include dried rose petals, hoisin, clove, anise and cassis that merge seamlessly into regal, pure and gorgeously intense middle weight flavors that possess seemingly limitless reserves of dry extract that almost completely hide the perfectly integrated tannins on the firm, mineral-driven, overtly austere and linear finish. This possesses such a spectacular nose that you don't even have to drink it to be thrilled and the flavors are perfectly spherical. This may well be the wine of the vintage because wine does not get much, if any, better. If you can somehow justify the scratch required, don't miss it. I would also note that I'm not much on using plus signs with a scoring hierarchy that is already implausibly precise yet I do so here to indicate that I have the smallest of preferences for the '09 Romanée-Conti vis-à-vis the La Tâche. Yes, it would perhaps be just as easy to assign the next highest number rather than adding the plus but this would imply that the '09 RC is as good as the '90, '99 or '05 versions, which even as spectacular as it is, I do not believe that it can quite match those efforts. Hence why I used the plus, just in case you may have wondered." (BH)