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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2016

The commune we have all been waiting for - Vosne Romanee. The first of 6 Grand Crus tasted blind. In 2 of the 3 previous tastings the first wine in this group has been the DRC RC and when I sampled the breathtaking quality of this wine I was thinking they have done it again. A couple of experts in the group felt the 2 DRC wines were at #1 and #4 This proved to be correct. My notes - Perfume of violets, pepper and Asian Spices. A perfect palate of both feminine charm and latent power ... unbelievable. The La Tache usually shows as more voluptuous in these tastings but not in 2016. I normally don’t have this much left in my glass after the wine has been identified so this was quite a luxury. Just wonderful. As Clive Coates MW said - the yardstick with which to judge all other Burgundies. It is easy to think with the 1000 year history, and the stone cross that there is something spiritual and other worldly about this wine. The consensus from all 12 tasters was that this was the best of the Vosne Romanee tasting and therefore of the whole 34 Grand Crus tasted. Only 440 dozen produced for the world. — 3 years ago

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No other way to say it
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@Mike R Yes Mike, these group tastings are the way to go rather than forking out at best $8000AUD for a bottle and hoping you can live another 20 years to enjoy at its peak 😀🍷


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you better have this vinery on your screen! one of my personal discoveries at vievinum 2014. super likeable winemakers (each of them in a bread-and-butter job with big names and at their own little estate as well).

homeplay. one of my favourite blaufränkisch!
for me comparable look and feel to prieler's "goldberg", which is a BIG yardstick! elegant, cool type with complex palate and just the right arc of suspense. makes me smile ~~

so i correct my entry line:
you better have this vinery in your cellar!

(vintage 2014 completely erased by a picky flock of birds on date of scheduled harvest.)
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