A deft but not invisible application of wood sets off the airy, cool and strikingly elegant nose that is composed by notes of both red and dark currant, a wide range of floral and spice elements as well as Asian-style tea scents. The refined and caressing middle weight flavors possess a sleek and cool mouth feel while retaining good definition on the firm but well-balanced finish that exhibits a bit less finesse than usual even if it is still quite fine.
The 2014 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru has a nose that is so seductive that even at this juncture you feel the urge to run off and elope hand in hand. Very pure, very charming, wonderful effervescent red cherry and wild strawberry scents intertwined with thrilling mineralité. The palate is perhaps a little behind that Grands Echézeaux in terms of assimilating the oak, since there is a patina of wood towards the finish, but there is real density here as it fans out with a quite splendid peacock's tail.(NM)
Bright, full red. Restrained but very pure perfume of dark raspberry, black cherry, menthol, licorice and black pepper. Dense, silky and suave on entry, conveying a sexy sweetness to its juicy dark fruit, mineral and spice flavors. This wine struck me as comparatively feminine in style, but not for long, as it quickly went into a shell in the glass. Finishes very long, with firm-edged tannins, noteworthy saline complexity and superb precision. Bertrand de Villaine described this wine as "a bit chaotic" in the early going. 94+ (ST)
Deep garnet. Dense and rather surly on the nose initially. Lots of class and refinement. A very serious wine with real freshness and very composed and not remotely showy. Dry finish but with all the right components. Pretty firm, tannic finish. Really glorious wine! So lively and savoury. (18.5/20 points) (JR)
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