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DRC Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grand Echezeaux 2005

DRC Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grand Echezeaux 2005
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BH96: This was last year and still is considerably more reserved and less expressive though the discreet aromas are decidedly more elegant with much more floral influence on the violet and rose petal infused aromas that are nuanced by soy, hoisin and clove notes that can also be found on the muscular, robust and powerful big-bodied flavors that exude dry extract on the detailed and hugely persistent finish. This is both stylish and classy with tautly wound flavors that have that great sense of underlying tension and cuts-like-a-knife precision. Note however that this is, at a comparable stage, so much more primary and backwards than normal that this will need a very long time in the cellar to arrive at its majority, indeed I am not at all sure that the 20 years that I am suggesting will be sufficient.   (1/2008)

RP95-96: The 2005 Grands-Echezeaux displays an utterly different, less charming personality than its 'little' sibling. Fresh black raspberry and black cherry hover between sorbet-like and faintly-caramelized manifestations. The palate is obviously dense, with considerable grip and ultra-fine tannins, incipient silkiness, but not the creaminess of the Echezeaux. Fresh berry, faintly tart fruit skin, and nut oils inform an uncannily kinetic finish that makes one’s mouth quiver. Once the grapes in these fabled vineyards had reached a potential alcohol of 13%, reports Aubert de Villaine, he was ready to pick, because conditions had seldom been so conducive to perfect ripeness (including that of the stems). It was all done in a week, commencing with La Tache and Romanee Conti, and finishing on September 23 with Romanee-St.-Vivant (and Montrachet, on which I shall report at a future date). De Villaine intended to bottle in March or April by gravity in six-barrel lots, as has become general practice here over the past decade. (DS)   (4/2007)

WS95: From the aromas, this is immediately more intense and profound, offering blackberry and violet notes. Very silky, rich and concentrated, this refined wine has more sweetness at its center, with great finesse and length. A big step up from the Echézeaux.—Non-blind 2005 DRC tasting (February 2008). Best from 2016 through 2040. (Web-2012) 

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
France: Burgundy
Robert Parker
Wine Advocate