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  • Country ranking ?

    2 387
  • Producer ranking ?

    190
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

Lying between Flagey-Échezeaux (home of the ÉCHEZEAUX appellation) and Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée occupies a middle position in the Côte de Nuits. The vines grow at altitudes of 250 to 310 metres and face east or, in some cases, slightly south of east. Vosne-Romanée, the central jewel in the necklace of appellations which is the burgundian côte, is not content with holding a mere four aces but boasts a total of six Grands Crus, each one famous the world over. A thousand years ago, it was the Cluniac monks of Saint-Vivant de Vergy and the Cistercians of Cîteaux who first realised the value of these very special plots of land. 

One of these vineyards takes its name from Prince Conti who lost his heart to it in 1760. Romanée-Conti is one of the wonders ofthe world and has always been a singly-held entity. Next door to it, Romanée-Saint-Vivant recalls the medieval monastery of the Hautes-Côtes which is currently undergoing restoration and which is linked to it by its own path. La Romanée, La Tâche and La Grande Rue are also singly-held entities, as is Richebourg, whose mere name is enough to fill a glass.

 

These Grands Crus frequently give good results from long laying-down. As a general rule, they shouldn't be drunk under about ten years of age but sometimes they will be aged up to 20 or 30 years. Each appellation has its own distinct personality depending on its year of production and on the stage it has reached in its development. These flamboyant red wines fully express the subtlety and complexity of the Burgundian Pinot Noir grape. Their colour is a dark ruby turning crimson with age. Their wide-ranging bouquet is divided among small red and black fruits, violet, spices and, with time, underbrush. On the palate, this wine is well-defined with a powerful body. It is delicate, sensual, frank and full.

 

In addition to their powerful structure and exceptional longevity, these great wines develop tertiary aromas of truffle, underbrush, leather and fur. It goes without saying that strong-flavoured meats will do them justice : furred or feathered game, braised, in sauce, or simply grilled. Wild-fowl (eg Peking duck) or a nice cut of roast veal will be gently enveloped by the close-packed but elegant tannins of these mighty Pinot Noir wines.

Serving temperatures : 15 to 16 °C.

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Cherry Red and Bright

ending

Long and Vibrant

flavors

Blackberry, Cranberry, Cherry, Leather and Perfumed

nose

Intense, Complex and Rich

taste

High in Acidity, Developing, Medium-bodied, Fruity and Vivid

Verdict

Fine

Written Notes

A 1990 DRC Grands Echezeaux whizzed by like a fastball with no spin. While I feel GE is the best pound for pound wine in the DRC portfolio, this particular bottle got lost a bit after the Krug (94+).

  • 94p

Grands Echézeaux DRC 1990 – didn't quite like the nose ( volatile acidity ), a bit strange, almost meaty, on the palate much fresher, showing the class of the vintage, but far away from really delicious – 92

  • 92p

Fully mature colour. Quite evolved on the nose, but fresher on the palate. Very lovely fruit. Full body, rich, complex and luscious. Very long and very lovely. Fine plus. Now to 2020 plus.

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Origin

Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy

Other wines from this producer

Bâtard-Montrachet

Corton Grand Cru

Echézeaux

La Tâche

Les Gaudichots

Marc

Montrachet

Richebourg

Romanée Conti

Romanee Saint Vivant

Vosne Romanée

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cuvée Duvault Blochet

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 Pierre Weber, Wine Dealer (Luxembourg)  tasted  Grands Echézeaux 1990  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

Grands Echézeaux DRC 1990 – didn't quite like the nose ( volatile acidity ), a bit strange, almost meaty, on the palate much fresher, showing the class of the vintage, but far away from really delicious – 92

9d 15h ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  Grands Echézeaux 1990  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

Fully mature colour. Quite evolved on the nose, but fresher on the palate. Very lovely fruit. Full body, rich, complex and luscious. Very long and very lovely. Fine plus. Now to 2020 plus.

5m 14d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Grands Echézeaux 1990  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

A 1990 DRC Grands Echezeaux whizzed by like a fastball with no spin. While I feel GE is the best pound for pound wine in the DRC portfolio, this particular bottle got lost a bit after the Krug (94+).

5m 27d ago

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