2000 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee-Conti Burgundy - 95 pts - 750ml

2000 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee-Conti Burgundy - 95 pts - 750ml

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2000 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee-Conti Burgundy - 95 pts!
Tasting note: Brooding, backward and quite a bit more reserved and less expressive with subtly spicy black fruit aromas trimmed by a subtle hint of oak and followed by restrained, pure, gorgeously sappy and harmonious, completely seductive flavors that offer the best delineation of any of these wines. This is extraordinarily fine and detailed with length that lasts and lasts. Though this will undoubtedly add weight and complexity, it will likely always be understated and refined rather than powerful. This is a simply sublime combination of spice, silk and velvet delivered in a perfect sphere of impeccable balance. Incredible by any standard but especially so for the vintage and clearly the best of these 2000s. BH

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Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage
Rating 95 BH
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Color Red
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Burghound 95 BH - 2000 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee-Conti Burgundy - 95 pts! Producer note: Yields in 2000 were about the same as in 1999 reports Aubert de Villaine, which means between 28 and 32 hl/ha (these reported yields are after the triage process, which means that the effective yields at the primary vine level were higher). There was lower overall acidity than in '99 but M. de Villaine believes the wines will be beautifully balanced despite this. The crop was not nearly as clean with a good deal of botrytis however and required painstaking triage work. Even though the raw materials were not especially concentrated, the decision was made to vinify with most of the stems (they left out only 10% of them). He initially thought 2000 would resemble 1992 but as the wines have aged in cask, they have put on weight and now he believes 2000 is well above the quality of the Domaine's '92s. The present plan is to bottle them earlier than normal to preserve freshness and to insure that they don't dry out. As I noted in Issue 1, M. de Villaine couldn't be happier with the quality of his 99s, explaining that the raw materials the Domaine was blessed with are among the best he's ever seen. He observed that while the Domaine is always seeking to do better, he's not entirely sure it is possible to exceed the quality of the raw materials they had in 1999. The grapes were picked in two separate stages. A first pass was made on September 20th to pick the ripest grapes from the oldest vines and then a second pass was made 4 to 5 days later for the remaining grapes. The extra time between the two passes had permitted those grapes unpicked after the first pass to more fully ripen. But for the first time since the 1920s, instead of selling the grapes from this second picking, they used these grapes plus the young vine fruit of every vineyard with the exception of La Romanée Conti to create a blended Vosne 1er, called Cuvée Duvault-Blochet. This cuvée was named after Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet, who is considered to be the founding father of the Domaine de la Romanée Conti, having acquired the famed vineyard itself in November, 1869. At that time, he was already the owner of parcels of Les Gaudichots (much of which became part of La Tâche), Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux and Richebourg. Note: La Tâche was not acquired by the Domaine until 1933. Lastly, I had also noted that it was the Domaine's intent to bottle the '99 barrel by barrel because they did not want the wine exposed to any additional air. As it turned out, M. de Villaine and changed his mind, saying that they believed the wines would benefit from the additional aeration that occurs with such an assemblage and thus they were grouped together in 6 barrel lots and bottled by gravity without fining or filtration. Tasting note: Brooding, backward and quite a bit more reserved and less expressive with subtly spicy black fruit aromas trimmed by a subtle hint of oak and followed by restrained, pure, gorgeously sappy and harmonious, completely seductive flavors that offer the best delineation of any of these wines. This is extraordinarily fine and detailed with length that lasts and lasts. Though this will undoubtedly add weight and complexity, it will likely always be understated and refined rather than powerful. This is a simply sublime combination of spice, silk and velvet delivered in a perfect sphere of impeccable balance. Incredible by any standard but especially so for the vintage and clearly the best of these 2000s. BH

Winery Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage
Rating 95 BH
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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