An incredibly perfumed and supremely elegant if notably ripe nose features notes of various black fruit scents that are replete with soy, hoisin, clove and anise nuances. There is outstanding power and richness to the refined, detailed and still quite firmly structured flavors that culminate in a precise, pure and driving finish that goes on and on. This is a really impressive effort that offers terrific potential but fans of this wine should note that it is arguably more masculine than it usually is yet at the same time utterly seamless. In sum this is arguably the finest RSV that the Domaine has ever produced though one that is indisputably going to require extended aging. Tasted twice in 2019 with similar notes.
Just as this year’s Echezeaux challenges the quality of the Grands-Echezeaux, another surprise of the vintage is a spectacular showing for the 2005 Romanee-St.-Vivant. A startlingly dark, mouth-watering amalgam of purple plum paste, blackberry preserves, bitter chocolate, toasted walnut, soy, and raw beef intrigues the nose. On the palate, this cleaves to the dark side, with viscous, mouth-coating concentration of lightly-cooked black fruits, charred meat, mysterious forest floor complexity, and bitter-sweet florality, but simultaneously delivers a vibratory finish like that of the energetic Grands-Echezeaux. With its palpable extract, profound personality, and refined but abundant tannins, this is surely wine to set aside for at least a decade. (DS)
Impressive and very fruity, smelling like cherry, red currant and spice. Round, yet delicate and lacy in texture, this displays just a hint of a vegetal element, which should turn more to floral and spice notes with age. (BS, Web Only-2012)
Deep red-ruby. Multidimensional nose combines blackberry, violet and minerals with exotic spices, earth and underbrush. Then juicy and gripping in the mouth, combining outstanding density and a distinctly light touch. This, too, boasts superb energy and sappiness to its flavors of red fruits, spices and earth. Wonderfully complex already but youthfully tight, firmly structured and built for a long and slow evolution in bottle. The tannins are solid but not hard. A great vintage for this cuvee and likely to evolve for two or three decades, at a minimum. (ST) 95+
A last minute addition to the lineup, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s 2005 Romanée Saint-Vivant opens with the most extraordinary, alluring bouquet imaginable. Silky, nuanced and super-polished on the palate, with exceptional purity, the 2005 simply soars out of the glass. The classic weightlessness of RSV comes through loud and clear. Bright saline notes give the 2005 a closing kick of freshness. The 2005 is a very pretty wine, although the profoundness of the aromatics doesn’t fully follow through to the palate, where the wine is a bit slender, especially compared to what follows in this flight. (AG)
My great dream for this wine at DRC is to someday see it raised in less than one hundred percent new oak, as my instincts tell me that the more delicate terroir of Romanée-St.-Vivant would really shine with half or a third new oak (or all one year-old barrels- now we are talking). It is not that this wine is ever disappointing or incapable of carrying its new wood these days, but simply that I have this sense that there is so much more happening here in terms of soil complexity than currently meets the eye with its full allotment of new oak. In any case, the 2005 is a lovely bottle and will certainly delight partisans of the DRC Romanée-St.-Vivant, as the wine jumps from the glass in a blend of black raspberries, black cherries, herb tones, cocoa, a nice dollop of soil and a nice framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, closed and intensely flavored, with excellent depth at the core, fine acids, and great focus and structure on the nascently complex and ripely tannic finish. The new oak marks the wine a bit at this time, but there is clearly sufficient stuffing to soak up the wood with not difficulty. But would it be better with less wood? That is the rub. (Drink between 2017-2045)
Looks remarkably similar to the 2003 in terms of density of hue: mid crimson with a bit of development at the rim. Pretty intense colour. Even a blackish tinge. Lovely blossomy bouquet. Just a hint of prunes. Very fresh on the palate with real intensity. Still quite marked tannins. Quite burly even. Clearly an enormous amount is being held in reserve but there is lots there. Neat and clean on the finish. Very good quality of tannins, like a silk scrubbing brush. Persistent. Very silky indeed - and so sweet! Exciting. Complex. 18.5/20 points. (JR)
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