Domaine de la Romanee Conti   Romanee St Vivant

2009 Romanee-St-Vivant

By Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

2009 Romanee-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Burgundy

The year 2009 in Burgundy was marked by a fortuitous alignment of ecology and skill, where the benevolent season coaxed the terroir to articulate its depths with clarity. In this vintage, the legendary prowess of the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti embraced the gifts of nature to craft an astonishing expression of Pinot Noir: the 2009 Romanee-St-Vivant.


Exceptional Harvest and Alluring Complexity

Considering the overall climate of 2009, with its warm, dry summer and timely cool nights before harvest, we find the yield from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's exalted plot mirrored the ideal conditions. The consistently clement weather short-circuited excessive sugar accumulation, allowing for a harvest that maintains moderated alcohol levels with beautiful phenolic ripeness.


Vintage Character: A Study in Balance and Elegance

In dissecting the myriad virtues of the 2009 Romanee-St-Vivant, one discerns immediately an intricate dance of structure and sensuality. Swirling with compelling hues reminiscent of rubies caught in twilight, this nectar extols an olfactory narrative dense with ripe cherries, blood orange zest, and an intoxicating bouquet of fresh violets nuanced by hints of truffle and exotic spice. On the palate, it carries forth a sublime tension between rich fruit and quintessential Burgundian minerality; elegant tannins lift the symphony of flavours towards a staggeringly prolonged finish.

An investment in a bottle like this symbolises not only a financial penetration into one of the most revered wineries but also an opportunity to own a piece of a season that sits among folklore. For aficionados looking to diversify their portfolio with a wine steeped in provenance and anticipation, the harmonious 2009 vintage is a collector's delight.


Sumptuous Spectacle: Artful Investment

This 2009 Romanee-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is an exemplar display of what makes fine Burgundy so sought-after. It beckons to those with discerning palates and astute minds for value appreciation. As I consider its trajectory, from meticulous vineyard husbandry through to its ceremonious uncorking, its merits are evident — a winsome jewel from a favourable year worth cherishing and indeed, investing in.

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This bottle of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's 2009 Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru was quite reserved, opening in the glass with notes of raspberries and cherries complemented by hints of rose petal, cinnamon and coniferous forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and fleshy but a little introverted, it's girdled by juicy acids and underpinned by powdery tannins, concluding with a long and fragrant finish. Compared to the sheer expressiveness of the 2009 La Tâche, this was surprisingly introverted, though of course that may well have been simply the particular bottle or the day on which I encountered it.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 16 July 2020

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