Domaine de la Romanee Conti   Romanee St Vivant

2011 Romanee-St-Vivant

By Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

2011 Romanée-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy, France

An analytical gaze into the 2011 Romanée-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti exposes a year of climatic hurdles that eventually shaped a vintage with a distinctive personality. The year began with an early bud burst, a spring that unfurled briskly, promising much. However, the growing season then swerved through episodes of cooler spells and unprecedented summer rains that challenged even the most seasoned vigneron.


Product of Patience and Precision

The skilled hands at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti countered nature's caprices with deft precision. The labor-intensive viticulture, meticulous sorting, and restrained intervention in the cellar have sculpted a 2011 vintage that demonstrates a testament to their unwavering commitment to finesse, regardless of weather whim.


A Vintage Meriting a Closer Look

The 2011 Romanée-St-Vivant does not trumpet its presence as some more gregarious vintages do; instead, it serenades with intricate layering, unfolding red cherries, violets and a whisper of spice. Its modesty should not be misconstrued as a lack of complexity — the palate reveals depths with airs of sous bois and a finely tuned minerality that underpins the firm structure befitting of a wine conceived for longevity.

The cooler notes prevalent in this particular year contribute to an elegance and purity of expression that provide an absorbing contrast to the more opulent vintages within Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's canon.

This 2011 allotment is undeniably one for the sagacious investor. Those discerning enough to perceive its nuanced grandeur will find it matured into a remarkable poise. Herein lies a vintage where terroir articulates itself with subtle confidence; invest and observe as it eloquently evolves in the crucible of your cellar.


Connoisseur’s Summary: An Eloquent Evolution

Imbued with both evanescence and endurance, the 2011 Romanée-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti offers collectors an intriguing narrative; one that whispers rather than shouts but resonates long after the bottle is reposed. It is an exemplar of Burgundy's resilience - an investment piece that promises to captivate palates while appreciating with grace in the vaults of those patient enough to nurture it.

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The Romanee-Saint-Vivant was picked on 8 and 9 September at 24.7hl/ha. Now this has a very interesting bouquet, quite distinct from the Richebourg and the Grands Echezeaux. It is much more exuberant and lifted, very perfumed with fresh strawberry, red cherries, dried rose petals and a touch of quince. This is so lively and vivacious, as if it borrowed some of the succulence from the 2009 vintage. The palate is quite precocious on the entry, the mouth instantaneously tingling with glee. There is a beautiful crescendo before fanning out towards its silky caressing finish. There is something playful and joyous about this Romanee-Saint-Vivant, carefree and alluring, a wine to be enjoyed as much as respected. 1,164 cases produced. Drink 2016-2035.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 26 February 2014

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