1996 DRC Romanee Conti

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Wine Critic Reviews for 1996 DRC Romanee Conti

(Romanée-Conti- Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) It is a rare vintage where the Romanée-Conti is drinking well ahead of the La Tâche or Richebourg, but this is the case in 1996! This is an absolutely brilliant wine on both the nose and palate. The bouquet soars with celestial grace from the glass in a perfumed blend of red plums, cherries, beetroot, exotic spices, duck, fresh nutmeg, lovely minerality and spicy oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and almost silky on the attack, with glorious intensity of flavor in the mid-palate, fine-grained, moderate tannins, tangy acids and stunning length and grip on the very complex and utterly seamless finish. This wine is still in climbing mode and will be even better down the road, but it is awfully hard to resist its charms today! (Drink between 2018-2075)

John Gilman | 98 JG
Incredible harmony to this pedigreed red Burgundy. Closed on the nose now, it unfolds layers of elegant yet superripe fruit, wrapping around the palate, coating every taste bud with the silky flavors. Full-bodied and not powerful, it's just lovely, with an aftertaste that seems to last for minutes. Best from 2006 through 2036. — PM

Wine Spectator | 98 WS
(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Red) This is backward to the point of being almost inexpressive though with extended airing, subtle aromas of black fruit, hoisin, spice, underbrush, anise and violets frame understated, refined, elegant and classy flavors of incredible breed and fantastic complexity. This will live for decades and it is so young that it hasn't even begun to reveal what it will ultimately be capable of delivering. And like the 2001 version, the transparency here is nothing short of remarkable. In short, opening a bottle anytime before 2012 will indeed be egregious infanticide and as the drinking window suggests, patience is required, or if need be, at least three hours of in a decanter. Consistent notes. (Drink starting 2018)

Burghound | 96 BH
The 1996 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru was picked on September 30 at 28hl/ha. It is a wine that I have not tasted since it was first bottled. It blew me away back then. Now? It has a deep core with a tawny rim. The bouquet is haunting with dark fruit, brine and oyster shell, discrete aromas of truffle percolating through with time. This is amazingly well focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, more dark fruit than red, perhaps more masculine with a strong marine/estuarine influence. For the first 20 minutes this is vying for one of the best vintages and yet in the glass it does not seem to "kick on" like the 1999 or 2005. It just feels a little static, akin to reading a page-turning novel that is missing the final chapter. 6,101 bottles produced. Tasted at the Romanée-Conti dinner at the Connaught Hotel.

Vinous Media | 96 VM
This is among the world's most expensive wines (as far as I know only certain late harvest wines from Germany are more expensive). It has a gorgeously bright dark ruby/purple color and extremely complex aromatics of fresh herbs, Asian spices, creamy cherries, super-ripe blackberries, and vanilla-imbued oak. This superb wine offers a mouthful of silky-textured cherries, blueberries, plums, boysenberries, earth, minerals, and spiced oak. This masterpiece is full-bodied, dense (yet extremely elegant and defined), thickly-textured, and immensely concentrated. Moreover, I sensed this wine was holding a significant amount in reserve!

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96-98 RP

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Vintage 1996
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 98 JG
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.
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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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