DRC Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 2005 w/box 3000ml
France, Burgundy, Cote De Nuits
What follows is an explication of scores at Burghound.com and the underlying taste values they reflect. While ratings may influence your decision, the ultimate judgment is your palate.
95 – 100
Truly incomparable and emotionally thrilling. A wine so rated is as good as a wine gets. By definition, it is reference standard for its appellation.
90 – 94
Outstanding. Worth a special effort to purchase and cellar and will provide memorable drinking experiences.
85 – 89
Good to High quality. Wines that offer solid quality in every respect and generally very good typicity. “Good Value” wines will often fall into this category. Worth your attention.
80 – 84
Average quality. The wine may be “correct”, unless noticeable flaws are indicated in the narrative, and provide straightforward, drinking.
76 – 79
Barely Acceptable quality. The wine is not worth your attention nor is it a good value.
75 and below
Don’t Bother. A wine with noticeable, irremediable flaws.
An exceptionally floral yet restrained nose with aromas of both rose and violets that combine with a panoply of spice notes yet the overall impression is classic young RC as the nose is both cool and reserved yet aristocratic. The sweet, intense, focused, detailed and vibrant flavors offer superb drive and punch though there is not the sheer scale of the LT yet they're finer and somehow even purer, indeed absolutely crystalline though I kept asking myself how this was possible as the purity of the La Tâche is itself mind blowing. The descriptor of 'power without weight' came to mind again and again as the flavors slide down the throat with no sense of heaviness yet the impact and precision of the presently somewhat austere finish is quite simply hard to believe. In a word, this is mind bending and in a visceral sense, this is a monumental wine that of real emotional impact. Genius in a glass.
The domaine has 25 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus. As well as the the 1.8 hectare monopole La Romanee Conti, the Domaine purchased its other monopoly, La Tache, in 1933, along with significant holdings in the grand crus of Richebourg, Romanee St Vivant, Grands-Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Le Montrachet at various points in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Domaine is the largest owners of each of the red wine grand crus.