Naturally Lachaux’s 2008 Romanee Saint-Vivant bats last in the Arnoux line-up, but in addition, this vintage it puts every wine that came before it in the collection into perspective, and all but the Reignots in the shade (not that as a group these weren’t already noir enough Pinots). Sumptuous black fruits accented by fruit pit piquancy; complex if to some extent ineffable, decadent forest floor and mineral notes; exotic spices, rich chocolate, and heady floral perfume – all are on display in this seamlessly-rich, already velvet-textured beauty whose structure is implicit but deeply-buried. Yet there is not an ounce of superfluous fat or a bit of superficial sweetness, and there is that vibratory resonance possessed by the exceptional wines of this vintage. There are around 140 cases of this – not a small quantity by the standards of top-notch grand cru Burgundy – though of course a bottle will cost you dearly. I suspect it will be among the last 2008s to still be seducing a few lucky wine lovers 25 or more years from now. (DS)
This is quite similar to the Suchots in many respects, especially aromatically but there are more dimensions present as the RSV is finer, deeper, more elegant and more complex. The middle weight and reserved flavors are supple and relatively forward, indeed there is a tenderness, even a delicacy to them, all wrapped in a naturally sweet, seductive and hauntingly long finish. Lovely in every respect.
Good dark red. Less showy today than the Suchots but deep and nuanced, offering notes of blackberry, violet and licorice. Pure but reticent on the palate, with silky, sappy dark fruit and spice flavors complemented by harmonious oak. Bigger and thicker than the Suchots yet wonderfully elegant. A bit brooding today and hiding its complexity and subtlety, but this will be a knockout. Saturates every square millimeter of the palate on the very long finish. Lachaux recommends drinking it for its glorious fruit in 2 or 3 years or holding it for 10 to 15. (ST) 94+
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