2004 DRC Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache Burgundy - 95 pts - OWC 6 x 750ml

2004 DRC Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache Burgundy - 95 pts - OWC 6 x 750ml

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2004 DRC La Tache Burgundy - 95 Pts!
Co-director Aubert de Villaine described 2004 as not an easy vintage. There was oidium mildew botrytis and hail plus it was absolutely necessary to control yields and then make sure you sorted carefully. It required an extra three days to harvest simply because of the additional sorting work that was required However what was left after the sorting was positively first rate. Good early season weather coupled with the stored vine energy reserves from the small 2003 crop made for a big and early bunch set despite all of the intensive debudding work that we did. May and June were hot and saw the worst outbreak of oidium the Cote has seen in some years. It's common to see it affect chardonnay but relatively rare in pinot yet so it was necessary to treat regularly. The flowering occurred in the middle of June and led to very large bunches with big berries. We had less of a problem with bunch size because most of the domaine has older vines which tends to control vigor well. Among the younger vines though we did drop some fruit because potential yields were higher than we found acceptable. July and August were cool and there were isolated outbreaks of botrytis in the damper sectors of some vineyards. Between the delayed maturity levels caused by the cool weather and the various vine maladies the prospects for the harvest as of late August were looking pretty gloomy. As if things weren't bad enough on August 23rd much of the Cote was hit by a serious hail storm and certain vineyards were hit very hard. Here in Vosne we had some damage but most of it was limited to the lower portions of Romanee St. Vivant and Grands Echezeaux. As if by divine providence beginning on August 25th we had 6 weeks of unbroken ideal weather that frankly saved the harvest. The warm days and cool evenings dried up the rot and we picked up almost 1 degree of potential alcohol per week! While we could have begun the harvest earlier we elected to wait until September 25th and picked through to October 5th. Eleven days for us to pick is a long time and I honestly can't remember the last vintage that required this many days to harvest. Yields were between 26 and 28 hl/ha and we destemmed between 50 and 65% of the bunches depending on the wine. Sugars were excellent and we had no wine under 13% with some as high as 14% and we chaptalized a few wines to a maximum of .25%. Interestingly because we picked late there were some super concentrated berries that did not release their sugars until the very end of the fermentation which is what happened in 1999. Overall I quite like the 2004 vintage because it so faithfully reflects the underlying terroir and has produced classically structured pure and elegant wines and it will most please those who love this kind of transparency. While it's extremely early to offer vintage parallels 2004 reminds me somewhat of our 1962s at this same stage. That was my first vintage at the domaine and thus I still have vivid memories of it. And in the same vein I believe the 2004s will surprise a lot of people as to how well they will age because some thought the '62 would blossom early and fade fast which clearly has not been the case. BH

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Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2004
Rating ST94
Bottle Size 6 x 750ml
Bottle Quantity 6
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Color Red
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Burghound 2004 DRC La Tache Burgundy - 95 Pts! Co-director Aubert de Villaine described 2004 as not an easy vintage. There was oidium mildew botrytis and hail plus it was absolutely necessary to control yields and then make sure you sorted carefully. It required an extra three days to harvest simply because of the additional sorting work that was required However what was left after the sorting was positively first rate. Good early season weather coupled with the stored vine energy reserves from the small 2003 crop made for a big and early bunch set despite all of the intensive debudding work that we did. May and June were hot and saw the worst outbreak of oidium the Cote has seen in some years. It's common to see it affect chardonnay but relatively rare in pinot yet so it was necessary to treat regularly. The flowering occurred in the middle of June and led to very large bunches with big berries. We had less of a problem with bunch size because most of the domaine has older vines which tends to control vigor well. Among the younger vines though we did drop some fruit because potential yields were higher than we found acceptable. July and August were cool and there were isolated outbreaks of botrytis in the damper sectors of some vineyards. Between the delayed maturity levels caused by the cool weather and the various vine maladies the prospects for the harvest as of late August were looking pretty gloomy. As if things weren't bad enough on August 23rd much of the Cote was hit by a serious hail storm and certain vineyards were hit very hard. Here in Vosne we had some damage but most of it was limited to the lower portions of Romanee St. Vivant and Grands Echezeaux. As if by divine providence beginning on August 25th we had 6 weeks of unbroken ideal weather that frankly saved the harvest. The warm days and cool evenings dried up the rot and we picked up almost 1 degree of potential alcohol per week! While we could have begun the harvest earlier we elected to wait until September 25th and picked through to October 5th. Eleven days for us to pick is a long time and I honestly can't remember the last vintage that required this many days to harvest. Yields were between 26 and 28 hl/ha and we destemmed between 50 and 65% of the bunches depending on the wine. Sugars were excellent and we had no wine under 13% with some as high as 14% and we chaptalized a few wines to a maximum of .25%. Interestingly because we picked late there were some super concentrated berries that did not release their sugars until the very end of the fermentation which is what happened in 1999. Overall I quite like the 2004 vintage because it so faithfully reflects the underlying terroir and has produced classically structured pure and elegant wines and it will most please those who love this kind of transparency. While it's extremely early to offer vintage parallels 2004 reminds me somewhat of our 1962s at this same stage. That was my first vintage at the domaine and thus I still have vivid memories of it. And in the same vein I believe the 2004s will surprise a lot of people as to how well they will age because some thought the '62 would blossom early and fade fast which clearly has not been the case. BH

Winery Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2004
Rating ST94
Bottle Size 6 x 750ml
Bottle Quantity 6
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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