The crown jewel is the 2012 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru that comes from the 0.50-hectare slither planted in 1922. It already boasts an enticing bouquet laden with luscious dark cherry and creme de cassis fruit, stupendous mineralite and exotic touches of blood orange and marmalade. The palate is silky smooth with razor-sharp tannins, once again superb mineralite and a sleek, sensual, quite piercing sorbet-fresh finish that lingers in the mouth much longer than the Clos de Vougeot. This is a sophisticated, modern take on the grand cru, one with panache and oozing class. (NM)
There is a highly appealing freshness to the wonderfully spiced aromas of red and dark currant, plum and violet suffused nose. The strikingly refined middle weight flavors possess the grand class that makes Romanée St. Vivant inimitable and the balanced finish should allow this to age effortlessly. If there is a nit it's that the complexity isn't at the level I usually find with this wine though in fairness it's still a baby.
Bright medium red. Deep perfume of cherry, raspberry, rose petal, minerals and cocoa powder. At once penetrating and silky-sweet in the mouth, with well-delineated red fruit flavors complicated by menthol and nutty oak. Seriously intense but not at all hard or bitter. Finishes with broad, ripe, fine-grained tannins and excellent length. (ST) 93+
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