Romanee St. Vivant 2005 Domaine de la Romanee Conti
|Classification||Grand Cru Classe|
|Brand||Domaine de la Romanee Conti|
|Region||Burgundy, Cotes de Nuits|
|Condition||Loose bottle (no OWC)|
Just as this year’s Echezeaux challenges the quality of the Grands-Echezeaux, another surprise of the vintage is a spectacular showing for the 2005 Romanee-St.-Vivant. A startlingly dark, mouth-watering amalgam of purple plum paste, blackberry preserves, bitter chocolate, toasted walnut, soy, and raw beef intrigues the nose. On the palate, this cleaves to the dark side, with viscous, mouth-coating concentration of lightly-cooked black fruits, charred meat, mysterious forest floor complexity, and bitter-sweet florality, but simultaneously delivers a vibratory finish like that of the energetic Grands-Echezeaux. With its palpable extract, profound personality, and refined but abundant tannins, this is surely wine to set aside for at least a decade.
Winespectator / James Suckling (96)
Impressive and very fruity, smelling like cherry, red currant and spice. Round, yet delicate and lacy in texture, this displays just a hint of a vegetal element, which should turn more to floral and spice notes with age.