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    3 241
  • Producer ranking ?

    233
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Flank Steak and Salsa Verde

The Story

Romanée-Conti lies on brown limestone soils 60 cm deep with a major clay component. Romanée-Saint-Vivant has similar but deeper (90 cm) soils. Higher up, La Romanée occupies a markedly sloping site (12%) and the soil texture is less clayey. La Tâche and La Grande Rue share brown limestone soils, rather shallow at the top end with deeper rendzinas lower down. The same is true for the Richebourg, depending on slope and aspect. The underlying rock is hard Premeaux limestone dating from the Jurassic (175 million years BC).

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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1957 happened to be the birth year of our host, and there aren’t too many options when it comes to this obscure vintage. However, there are some great Burgundies in 1957, and none greater than large format DRCs. There are myths about the best barrels going into the large formats way back when, and this magnum of 1957 DRC La Tache certainly seemed like that was the case! What a spectacular wine, as equally good as a Jero I brought to this very same celebration a few years back. This was a killer wine, in the same category as anything else at the top for the night, showing fleshy and mature flavors yet a youthful personality in regards to its vigor. Everyone was going goo goo gaga over the wine. Its aromas and flavors of fresh forest, honeycomb, red fruits and menthol were a winning combination. Thanks to the Punisher for bringing another knockout (97M).

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Plums, orange and roses perfume your nostrils from this beauty. It opens with exquisite balance, notes of caramel, velvety with medium tannins, gorgeous structure, rich and still vigorous. You have some notes of chocolate at and past the mid palate, some hoisin and very delicate pepper notes, a touch of mocha, and then it all conspires so beautifully and appealingly on a lovely, well integrated, delicately sweet, fruit kissed, acidity dappled and lingering finish that coats the mouth with a bravura flourish that leaves you beaming and cheering. 97 Points

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Good looking magnum size bottle.
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Information

Origin

Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy

Vintage Quality

Below Average

Value For Money

Poor

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Other wines from this producer

Bâtard-Montrachet

Corton Grand Cru

Echézeaux

Grands Echézeaux

Les Gaudichots

Marc

Montrachet

Richebourg

Romanée Conti

Romanee Saint Vivant

Vosne Romanée

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cuvée Duvault Blochet

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  La Tâche 1957  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

Plums, orange and roses perfume your nostrils from this beauty. It opens with exquisite balance, notes of caramel, velvety with medium tannins, gorgeous structure, rich and still vigorous. You have some notes of chocolate at and past the mid palate, some hoisin and very delicate pepper notes, a touch of mocha, and then it all conspires so beautifully and appealingly on a lovely, well integrated, delicately sweet, fruit kissed, acidity dappled and lingering finish that coats the mouth with a bravura flourish that leaves you beaming and cheering. 97 Points

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Tâche 1957  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )


1957 happened to be the birth year of our host, and there aren’t too many options when it comes to this obscure vintage. However, there are some great Burgundies in 1957, and none greater than large format DRCs. There are myths about the best barrels going into the large formats way back when, and this magnum of 1957 DRC La Tache certainly seemed like that was the case! What a spectacular wine, as equally good as a Jero I brought to this very same celebration a few years back. This was a killer wine, in the same category as anything else at the top for the night, showing fleshy and mature flavors yet a youthful personality in regards to its vigor. Everyone was going goo goo gaga over the wine. Its aromas and flavors of fresh forest, honeycomb, red fruits and menthol were a winning combination. Thanks to the Punisher for bringing another knockout (97M).

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