Domaine De La Romanee Conti Romanee St Vivant 2012

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  • The mouth is medium-full, round, quiet, harmonious, rich, and ample with red cherry fruit. The wine is firm but sensual and light on the tongue.
  • As usual, a sensual floral nose followed by a tense, linear mid palate with vibrant acidity.
  • Very long finish - classic Romanee-Saint-Viviant.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $5,500.00
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  • Jancis Robinson
    19 points
  • The Wine Advoca
    96 points

Editors notes

A sensual floral nose followed by a tense, linear mid palate with vibrant acidity. Very long finish - classic Romanee-Saint-Viviant. Created by one of the greatest wine producers in the world and certainly the best in Burgundy.

"There is a wondrous, ethereal purity to this 2012, a little more sumptuous than I recall it from barrel, with kirsch and freshly picked strawberries. As it opens, it gains more and more sensuality. The palate is rounded, almost curvaceous in the mouth, clearly more concentrated than the 2011 with a sense of authority and purpose, a bit of daring-do on the long finish. It leaves a slightly ferrous residue on the aftertaste, completing what is a marvelous and sensual Grand Cru. 1,148 cases produced." - 96 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Drink: 2020 - 2050.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Jancis Robinson MW

    19
    "Dense, concentrated and introvert. Silky start and then it closes up. Very firm and with a massive tannic charge under some well-disciplined fruit. Almost severe. You would certainly be crazy to open this before 2025 and should ideally wait much longer. Not high on charm for the moment. Great structure and magnificent potential. Just a bit of a throb on the end. Silky and gorgeous after time. Minerals and really opened out."
  • The Wine Advocate

    96
    "There is a wondrous, ethereal purity to this 2012, a little more sumptuous than I recall it from barrel, with kirsch and freshly picked strawberries. As it opens, it gains more and more sensuality. The palate is rounded, almost curvaceous in the mouth, clearly more concentrated than the 2011 with a sense of authority and purpose, a bit of daring-do on the long finish. It leaves a slightly ferrous residue on the aftertaste, completing what is a marvelous and sensual Grand Cru. 1,148 cases produced."

Other vintages

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  1. Domaine De La Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2013
    • Variety Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2013
    • Brand Domaine de la Romanee-Conti
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Red
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.5% Alcohol
    Domaine De La Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2013
    • Antonio Galloni
      98* points
    • Neal Martin
      98* points
    • Stephen Tanzer
      96+ points
    • Allen Meadows
      95 points
    • Jancis Robinson
      18.5++ points
    $9,800.00
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Locations

France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Burgundy

Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.

Romanee-Saint-Vivant

Romanée-Saint-Vivant is an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) and Grand Cru vineyard for red wine in the Côte de Nuits subregion of Burgundy, France, with Pinot Noir as its main grape variety. It sits within the commune of Vosne-Romanée. The vines grow on 90-cm-deep brown limestone and clay soils. The wines from Romanée-Saint-Vivant are known for their texture and elegance. They are dark ruby in colour, gaining a more crimson hue as they age. On the nose, expect a range of aromas, including both black and red fruits, violets, and spice. Again, with age, they also develop tertiary aromas of underbrush, truffle, fur, and leather. On the palate, you’ll find flavours of red fruit, dried rose, and violet. These wines should typically age at least 10 years before drinking, but given their tannin structure, they can even age a good 20 to 30 years.

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About the brand Domaine de la Romanee Conti

One of the greatest wine producers in the world and certainly the best in Burgundy, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti (often referred to as simply DRC) produces seven wines; one white (Chardonnay) and six red (Pinot Noir) from a series of Grand Cru vineyards; the highest ranking on BurgundyÕs scale of quality. First cultivated by the monks in the early 1500s Romanee-Conti passed through a number of hands before landing in that of the de Villaine family. In 1911, Edmund de Villaine became director of the estate and sold shares to his friend Henry Leroy whose financial capacity secured the estateÕs holdings future quality. Today, the domaine is co-owned and operated by Aubert de Villaine, and Henri Roch, Henry LeroyÕs grandson. The vineyard holdings are all famed organically, while some even meet biodynamic standards. Yields are so low that it takes three vines (on average) to produce a single bottle of wine. In the winery, the wine is gravity fed to prevent the need of pumping, no filtration occurs, and fining is only when required. The wines spend between sixteen to twenty months in 1005 new French oak before bottling.

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