1999 DRC Romanee Saint Vivant

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Wine Critic Reviews for 1999 DRC Romanee Saint Vivant

Good colour. Very lovely nose. Now just about ready. Splendid fruit here. Medium-full body. Marvelously intense, harmonious and classy. Very long. Very complex. Very fine plus. Drinking Window 2003 - 2030.

Decanter | 96 DEC
The 1999 Romanee-St-Vivant initially has its nose put out of joint by the precocious 1999 Echezeaux, but allowing the wine to unfold over 30 to 40 minutes, it shows its true breeding. Returning after ten minutes, the nose positively explodes from the glass with a sorbet-like purity – hints of wild strawberry, cassis and a little blueberry – a piercing intensity that is wondrous to behold. The palate is medium-bodied and does not have the volume of the 1999 Echezeaux, but there is superior clarity and focus, the tannins clearly fine and the finish shimmering with tension and femininity. This is just a beautiful wine that will only get better. Drink 2016-2030.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 96 RP-NM
The 1999 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru has such a decadent bouquet that, tasting it blind (as was the case here), one could assume it was courtesy of Domaine Leroy. But it’s fooling with you. Within two or three minutes, that opulence recedes to reveal a truly captivating bouquet of vivacious, comely black and blue berry fruit that, unlike Leroy, evolves a marine aroma of shucked oyster shells and kelp, a facet that did not manifest during the 1999 DRC horizontal. The finely sculpted palate presents a backbone of super-fine tannin, a perfect bead of acidity, seamlessly integrated oak and a plushness that is the leitmotif throughout the 1999 Côte de Nuits. This is an irresistible femme fatale of a wine that will give two or three decades of pleasure. Tasted at the DRC/Leroy comparative dinner in Hong Kong.

Vinous Media | 95 VM
(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Red) A highly expressive nose of remarkably dense aromas featuring classic Vosne spice and crushed blackberries leads to full-bodied and very sappy flavors that display a terrific inner core of complexity and still more spice on the hugely long finish. The purity of extract displayed here is mind bending and this is unquestionably the finest DRC Romanée St.-Vivant in many a vintage. The '99 would appear to support the Domaine's contention that all the vineyard work they've done is paying off. A great vintage for this wine and it's clearly still on the way up. (Drink starting 2017).

Burghound | 94 BH
(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-St.-Vivant) Like many young DRC wines, the 1999 Romanée-St.-Vivant is still quite marked by its stems, and hence is not showing the full range of the splendid perfume that will come as the wine evolves in the cellar. The bouquet is deep, complex and first-rate, offering up notes of dark berries, raspberry, plum, woodsmoke, game, minerals, and cedary, spicy wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, succulent on the attack and perfectly balanced, with excellent depth at the core, well-integrated tannins, and outstanding grip on the long finish. The stems will go in due time, and this will be a reference point vintage for this bottling at DRC. (Drink between 2010-2050).

John Gilman | 94 JG
No written reviews provided | 94 WS

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Vintage 1999
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 96 DEC
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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