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Burgundy

2017 DRC Romanée Conti

Wafting from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of dark wild berries, cassis, wilted rose petals, blood orange, exotic spices, licorice and coniferous forest floor, the 2017 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru is full-bodied, satiny textured and multidimensional. It's just as powerful as this year's La Tâche but even more elegantly framed by filigree structure, concluding with an intensely sapid and penetratingly fragrant finish. Pristinely balanced, this young Romanée-Conti possesses huge reserves for the long haul despite its deceptively supple youthful appeal, and it will reward extended bottle age. Read more
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98 POINTS
William Kelley - Wine Advocate

Wafting from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of dark wild berries, cassis, wilted rose petals, blood orange, exotic spices, licorice and coniferous forest floor, the 2017 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru is full-bodied, satiny textured and multidimensional. It's just as powerful as this year's La Tâche but even more elegantly framed by filigree structure, concluding with an intensely sapid and penetratingly fragrant finish. Pristinely balanced, this young Romanée-Conti possesses huge reserves for the long haul despite its deceptively supple youthful appeal, and it will reward extended bottle age.

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98 POINTS
Carla Capalbo - Decanter

Romanée-Conti is, as ever, a unique expression of the vineyard. It is both more approachable and more powerful than La Tâche. There is a similar deep colour, but in place of restraint, there are pretty floral notes on the initial attack, followed by a seductive black cherry and mulberry fruit underscored with saline minerality. On the palate, impressive concentration is coupled with a supple, fine-grained texture and enough tannin to age the wine seemingly for several lifetimes. Bertrand de Villaine said the wine can be summed up in three words: 'It's. All. There.'

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97 POINTS
Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

hough less forthcoming than the aromas of Romanée-St.-Vivant, the Romanée-Conti delivers alluring green, mossy, tealike aroma, rose, fraises des bois and cherry. Very intense, pure and silky, it’s a step above the other in terms of complexity, class and length.

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96 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

The 2017 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru is dense, ample and also ethereal, as only it can be. Once again, Romanée-Conti elicits thoughts of art forms like cubist paintings or jazz, where themes are implied but never expressly stated. Above all else Romanée-Conti is a Burgundy that engages all the senses. You want answers, but all you get back is more questions. The 2017 is powerful and quite closed initially, yet with some aeration hints of black cherry, lavender and exotic spice start to appear. A closing rush of baritone inflections give it a real sense of gravitas. It’s a shame very few people will ever be able to taste it.

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Jancis Robinson MW

Pale crimson. A certain hauteur here compared with La Tâche… Powerful briary nose that takes time to open up. But it certainly unfurls in the glass. Savoury rather than sweet on the nose. Fine and refined. Fine boned – very aristocratic and thoroughbred rather than the richness of La Tâche. Pure refinement. 19++/20 points

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