Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   La Romanee

2018 La Romanee

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2018 La Romanee from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Burgundy, France

The revered 2018 La Romanee from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair emerges as a refined emblem of the storied plots of Vosne-Romanée. This Burgundian pinnacle, an exclusive cru of minute proportion, inherently bears the marks of its vintage. My association with these hallowed grounds spans decades, allowing me a seasoned perspective on the undulating fortunes wrought by time and climate.


Nuanced Expressions: The Mark of a Remarkable Vintage

The vintage of 2018 was characterised by a warmth that sculpted Burgundy's yields into robust yet elegantly delineated forms. In the glass, this La Romanee exudes an assemblage of aromas – dark cherry mingling with a fragrant bouquet that hints at floral violets, reflecting its noble lineage and the veritable essence of its terroir.

The palate beckons with a profound complexity; ripe red berries dance alongside an undercurrent of subtle spices and earthy truffle. These are the sentiments evoked by patient and precise vinification coupled with the grace brought forth by oak's cadence. The structure is resolved, yet promises longevity – a testament to Liger-Belair's masterful alchemy.


An Investment in Terrestrial Artistry

As sophisticated investors often seek out singular vintages that show both promise and pedigree, the 2018 La Romanee presents itself as an embodiment of such discernment. In the realm of fine wine investment, provenance is pivotal – and Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair continues to be synonymous with impeccable provenance.

Moreover, amid fluctuations in climate and market alike, certain vintages rise to become beacons for collectors. The artful composition of this wine signals such potential, heralding not just immediate pleasure but the prospect of maturation into something even more elusive and enchanting.

In sum, the 2018 La Romanee from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair stands as a compelling narrative in oenology, crafted in a year of warm benevolence. It provides an investment opportunity defined as much by its potential for grace with age as by its immediate opulence – a rare jewel within Burgundy's illustrious crown.

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The 2018 La Romanée Grand Cru is the most reserved cuvée in the range, unwinding in the glass with notes of cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate, plums and spices that's framed by a nicely integrated bouquet of creamy new oak. It's full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with a deep and multidimensional core that saturates the palate and largely conceals the wine's powdery structuring tannins. Underpinned by a lively spine of acidity and concluding with a long and pungently perfumed finish, this is a very serious La Romanée built for the cellar.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 9 January 2020

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