Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   La Romanee

1990 La Romanee

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

1990 La Romanée from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Burgundy, France

In assessing a vintage as poised and venerable as the 1990 La Romanée from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, one is not just tasting a wine but rather immersing oneself into history, terroir, and the essence of Burgundian mastery. Approaching its third decade, this wine is an exemplar of the fortitude that the Côte de Nuits has to offer to the discerning wine investor.


Reliving History with Every Sip

The 1990 vintage in Burgundy has long been associated with richness and structure, attributes that are elegantly manifest in this exquisite offering from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. A growing season graced by benign weather saw balanced vine development that has contributed to the enduring complexity and charm of this wine.

With a nose teeming with rose petals and ripe cherries, complemented by whispers of mushroom and truffle, the 1990 La Romanée encapsulates an olfactory bouquet as mesmerising as it is multifaceted. The velvety palate is alive with a tapestry of blackberry, currant, and spice. Subtle earthy undertones and refined tannins speak to the wine’s impeccable aging process and integration.


Savouring Exclusive Provenance

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair's stewardship of their minuscule parcel within La Romanée appellation must be commended for yielding this profound expression. For those who appreciate rarity in their investment portfolio, this wine is at once both a liquid gem and a tangible piece of Burgundy's legendary viticultural narrative.

The 1990 La Romanée proves once again why wines from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair are sought for their depth, poise, and longevity; it remains one of the undoubted pinnacles amongst collectors of fine wines.


Connoisseur’s Summary

The 1990 La Romanée remains illustrative of why certain vintages resonate through time - not simply preserved but enlivened with maturity. It stands audaciously among its peers as an investment-worthy wine that continues to fascinate palates while promising to evolve further into the realm of oenological legend.

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Tasted at the La Romanée vertical at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. The 1990 La Romanée Grand Cru, here labeled Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, has a light ruby core with some aging on the rim. The bouquet is quite attractive and clean adorned with strawberry, star anise and just a smear of orange sorbet. It opens nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a harmonious opening. The acidity is nicely judged here, just a touch of spiciness developing with age, flanked by white pepper and marjoram. It is quite austere for a 1990 but in a positive sense: more linear than many from this vintage. This is a decent La Romanée, a relief after the deplorable 1989, and it should continue drinking well for at least a decade. Tasted June 2015.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 July 2015

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