Tasted at the La Romanée vertical at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. The 2010 La Romanée Grand Cru is a magnificent contribution to the vintage, one of the best that Louis-Michel has overseen. The bouquet is very intense with mineral-soaked red berry fruit mixed with truffle, rose petals, orange blossom and lavender. The palate is medium-bodied with refined tannin, wonderful balance and intensity, great backbone and enormous persistency in the mouth with hints of sage and black pepper. This La Romanée will require a decade in bottle but it will be worth the wait. (NM)
Mild reduction is enough to push what appear to be fresh spice-suffused aromas to the background. There is a palpable sense of energy to the brilliantly well-delineated, cool and restrained flavors that possess outstanding mid-palate concentration with focused power and a strong mineral component that culminate in a driving and explosive finish. What is interesting here though is that the power is delivered with no apparent weight and the supporting tannins are wonderfully sophisticated. While there is some of the trademark youthful austerity it seems less pronounced in 2010 than in some other recent vintages. In sum this is a magnificent and perfectly balanced effort of pure silk that should age accordingly; simply put, this is a total knockout.
Bright, deep red-ruby. Reticent but pure aromas of raspberry, smoke, mocha and smoky oak. The palate conveys huge density without heaviness, and outstanding inner-mouth tension to the lightly saline flavors of raspberry, cocoa and minerals. This very closed young grand cru boasts an extraordinary whiplash of a finish that perfumes the mouth without leaving any impression of weight. The noble tannins are already in perfect harmony with the wine's fruit. Great wine. (ST) 96+
A superb wine from a great year, this is powerful and structured, with great acidity and solid, pronounced fruits. La Romanée is a small vineyard, wholly owned by Liger-Belair, next to Romanée-Conti. The wine is rich, spicy and very complex, with black fruits welling up from its depth. With great structure, it brings together opulent Pinot Noir fruits with firm, dense tannins with immense aging potential. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
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