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2017 Romanee-St-Vivant

By Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

2017 Romanee-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Burgundy, France

The 2017 vintage in Burgundy stood as a beacon of resilience and potential amidst the trials of frost and hail. In this challenging year, the 2017 Romanee-St-Vivant from the fabled Domaine de la Romanee-Conti emerged triumphant, asserting the unwavering capability of this storied estate to produce wines of profound grace under pressure.


A Season of Rigour and Reward

Meticulously nurtured vines at Domaine de la Romanee-Conti withstood climatic skirmishes to yield fruit of exceptional quality in 2017. The region's dedicated winemakers approached this testing season with deft precision, cultivating a vintage marked by early bud break and an extended growing period that allowed for optimal phenolic development.


Distinctive Expression: 2017 Romanee-St-Vivant

In its youth, the 2017 Romanee-St-Vivant from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti exudes a poise that belies the turbulent conditions of its conception. A vivacious bouquet greets the nose, brimming with ripe red cherries, myriad forest berries, and an intoxicating whiff of violets; a testimony to the noble Pinot Noir's adaptability. On the palate, one discovers a harmonious cascade of flavours – from succulent plums to seasoned spices, entwined with sophisticated tannins that whisper tales of longevity.

The expression of terroir is unadulterated, showcasing a marriage between concentrated fruit and an invigorating mineral core – evidence of Romanee-St-Vivant's ineffable connection to its cherished soils. Each sip offers collectors and investors alike a resonant reminder of Burgundy’s ability to triumph through adversity.


A Vintage Poised for Graceful Ageing

The grandeur of the 2017 Romanee-St-Vivant lies in its potential for evolution. Smart investors will note its promise for transcendence over time, surely maturing into a symphony of even greater complexity and finesse. As it stands, this incarnation from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a paragon within one's investment portfolio – poised for appreciation not only in value but also in sensory allure.

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The 2017 Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru was also showing very well indeed, soaring from the glass with scents of cassis, violets, blood orange, cinnamon and espresso roast that are complemented by carnal nuances of smoked duck and musk. On the palate, it's full-bodied, multidimensional and enveloping, with terrific concentration, rich and powdery structuring tannins and a long, saline finish. This is a dramatic, head-turning Romanée-St-Vivant in the making, and it is showing even better in bottle than it did from barrel.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 9 January 2020

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