1991 DRC Romanee Conti

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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Red) I have always loved the '91 vintage in the Côte de Nuits and the DRC '91s are nothing short of brilliant, indeed they are fully competitive with the Domaine's '90s, a high compliment no matter how you slice it. An extremely pure and intensely floral nose that is just now beginning to offer up subtle notes of dried rose petal that occurs in RC at 10 to 15 years of age. The overall demeanor is decidedly understated at this point, indeed the impression is one of extreme youthfulness as the big if not robust flavors remain intense, powerful and mouth coating with an underlying vibrancy and transparency that is wonderful to behold. It's almost hard to believe that at 16 years of age the '91 has barely even budged and the finish remains linear, cool and refined. A superbly classy rendition and a wine of breathtaking beauty as well as one that will easily see its 50th birthday and personally, I wouldn't touch a bottle for another 10 years. Brilliant. (Drink starting 2016)

Burghound | 97 BH
(Domaine De La Romanée-conti Romanée-conti Grand Cru Red) The 1991 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, picked on October 4 at 21hl/ha, shows some ageing on the brick rim and juxtaposed against the 1996 it is paler in colour. However, the bouquet has exquisite transparency and precision, heavenly scents of strawberry pastille, rose petals, oyster shells and just a soupçon of something a little feral and animal. The palate is elegant and exquisitely defined, certainly one of the most effortless Romanée-Conti wines of the decade with an Oriental element on the finish. Interestingly the 1991 soars in the glass and eventually overtakes the most obvious 1990 (which is probably the only time that I will be able to write that sentence.) Tasted at the Romanée-Conti dinner at the Connaught Hotel. (Drink between 2019-2050)

Vinous Media | 97 VM

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Vintage 1991
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine De La Romanee-Conti
Rating 97 BH
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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