Friday the 7th February was the day for one of the annual treats – the Press Domaine de la Romanee Conti Tasting. I will write my views on the wines but as I work for the agent I am (very) biased. Mind you what I think is of little consequence to their success but I feel it is important, if only for myself, to try and note my impressions.
Corton Grand Cru – Comfortably the most Corton of the three that have been produced. A gritty yet somehow classy structure. A darker fruit character. Very poised and impressive – 17.5
Echezeaux Grand Cru – Impressive this year, sometimes I feel it gets a little over shadowed but I really liked it here. Pure primary red fruits after the Corton’s darker ones. A little spice in the mix also, both open and ready as well as potential serious, interesting to follow – 17.5
Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru – I said last year that after 14 years of tasting this wine on release I was finally starting to understand it, this continued in 2011. It was more masculine than Echezeaux, a little more obviously serious also, there was a fruit character that showed more richness and darkness than Echezeaux, again quite a sleeper (like ’10), one to watch – 17.5-18 (this may prove conservative)
Richebourg Grand Cru – Darker fruit, as always more brooding and bigger with definite grip, a wine with a very wide drinking window. Very rich and also a little drier. I always find that I feel guilty for not being more positive with Richebourg – 17.5-18.5
Romanee Conti Grand Cru – It may sound silly but it is a “feeling” and a texture you get with Romanee Conti as much as a taste or aroma. It almost says “I’m all here but I’ll come out when I want to”. Exquisite balance and poise and plenty of structure but not an obvious type of structure – 19
With Lunch afterwards a it has become a tradition (long may it last!) to taste the Montrachet which this year was painted as more of a “Watercolour” to the “Oils” of 2010. There is often a hedonistic edge of Botrytis about the Montrachet and there was a little of that but the impression you are left with is more of balance and a real understanding that you mustn’t try too hard in 2011. 18-18.5
Only another year to wait then….