La Tâche has a bit more heft, La Romanée-Conti has more shit going on and makes LT look simpler when served next to it. This wine was quite tight to begin with, emitting but a faint whiff of plant matter along with cherry and cranberry fruit. It really built in the glass and had some lily, earth, moss and fresh rose perfume. It had such luminosity and detail and was full and sweet yet light and ethereal finishing with a tart cherry snap. Length of flavour was outstanding and a sensual perfume wafts around the gums long after the wine is swallowed.
Always a privilege to open a bottle of Romanee-Conti. While I felt a recent 1996 was still closed and relatively unexpressive, this 2000 was very special. While it will undoubtedly continue to evolve for many years to come, it was already very enjoyable. Voluptous, complex, delivate, I might even say the bottle was happy to have been opened! This was an amazing moment... one where time stopped and a mystical feeling took me over. I have felt such emotion thrice only, two with Romanee-Conti (and a third with DRC's 1982 Montrachet). Majestic.
It's not every year I get to drink Romanee-Conti on my birthday. And this bottle really hit the spot. The nose was an explosion of dark fruit, cinnamon, clove, clay, lavender, and a touch of vanilla and grass. In the mouth, the balance was remarkable, the wine very silky, and the finish went on and on. It was fun to luxuriate over this one.
This was huge for a 2000. This was the most approachable young RC I've ever had, guess that would be because of the vintage. Explosive on the nose all the way through the finish. Really dark, silky fruit. Beautifully aromatic, perfectly balanced and structured for such a big wine. Some nice cinnamon spice.
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(Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti) Less deep colour than La Tâche – looks quite delicate in the glass. Like La Tâche, the nose starts in a very subdued way; but much more floral (how I’d expected the Romanée-Saint-Vivant might show) than the other wines. The next sniff shows much deeper tones, and again with each sniff the wine develops new aromas: kirsch, cassis, faint vanilla, then the floral element returns – almost lavender followed by coal-tar. In the mouth, perfect acidity and again, silk rather than velvet tannin. Once more I find the palate less involving than the nose, but a beautiful wine by any standard that leaves a smooth coating on your teeth to remind you of the experience!
(DRC Romanee Conti) Had that exotic asian lettuce thing that the 2000 La Tache had but was deeper and had a blueberry spice component that was unbelievable. I smelled this for at least ten minutes before I took a sip. Mint, game, perfectly ripe black cherries, boysenberry, mulberry, clove. So many layers. A new nuance every time I stuck my nose in the glass. Drop dead stunning. Gorgeous. Amazing palate. The best palate of them all. An elegance unmatched by any other wine I have ever had. Weaves its way on your palate. Supple, balanced, long, rich, perfectly balanced.
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