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2003 Romanee-St-Vivant

By Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

2003 Romanee-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Burgundy, France

Entering its third decade, the 2003 Romanee-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti manifests the hallmark of fortitude amidst adversity. An anomalous year where sweltering heatwaves swept across Burgundy, 2003 presented vinicultural challenges that precipitated the crafting of wines with uniquely compelling narratives.


Refined Elegance in a Year of Extremes

The narrative of 2003 in Burgundy is one of meteorological extremes forging idiosyncratic profiles. The season was rife with climatic rigour, leaving winemakers to meticulously navigate harvesting schedules to strike the balance between ripeness and the risk of desiccation. In this vintage, one witnesses a testament to the prowess embedded within the DNA of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti—a profound translation of terroir under duress.


A Vintage's Signature in its Sensory Emblem

On the palate, this 2003 Romanee-St-Vivant bespeaks the richness induced by that torrid summer but retains an almost paradoxical finesse. Each sip unravels layers of macerated red fruits entwined with anise and a hint of dried violets—a fantastical departure from the archetype yet unequivocally articulate in its origin.

Glimpses of earthy undertones and a delicate mineral spine paint vast landscapes over which fine-grained tannins lay a supple cloak. The wine's longevity is undeniable; it has navigated through years with grace, settling into a mature poise that invites refined palates seeking treasures sculpted by time and happenstance.

For keen investors in enological excellence, a wine such as this 2003 Romanee-St-Vivant offers not just a rare piece of viticultural history but an opportunity to hold a climactic anomaly exquisitely captured in bottle. It beckons those who appreciate the narrative weight and perseverance embodied in each vintage's journey.


Investment Potential Underlined by Distinctiveness

The 2003 vintage may not conform to traditional hallmarks of Burgundy’s cooler vintages; what it offers instead is the allure of distinctiveness—a prized aspect for diversifying finely curated portfolios. Through judicious stewardship and ageing potential, wines like the 2003 Romanee-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti become compelling propositions for connoisseurs and investors alike.

This Domaine's expressive translation of a singular season into an opulent vintage illustrates that, even amidst extremes, greatness emerges resplendent upon diligent tending. Therein lies an encapsulation not only of nature's narrative but also the shrewd investor’s reward.

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Perhaps the biggest Romanee-St.-Vivant produced at this domaine, the 2003 offers aromatics as well as flavors reminiscent of black fruits drenched in dark chocolate. Full-bodied, velvety-textured, as well as concentrated, it is immensely ripe, crammed with tannin, and vaunts an amazingly long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018. Importer: Wilson-Daniels, St. Helena, CA; tel. (707) 963-9661

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 28 August 2005

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