1972 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI 1972

Burgundy - Grand Cru
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90-94 / 100

Very good

1972 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI 1972

Burgundy - Grand Cru

Condition Good

Stock : 1 bottle
13 188,00 € tax incl. 10 990,00 € tax excl.
Stock : 0 bottle
4 248,00 € tax incl. 3 540,00 € tax excl.
Avis d'expert
93 / 100
Burghound (Allen Meadow)
Burghound (Allen Meadow)

(04-2017) This is a perfect example as to why it's impossible to ever be 100% sure that one's experiences with a given wine are necessarily definitive. I say this because I have had the '72 RC on multiple occasions over multiple years and in multiple formats and I have never found it to be exceptional, either for the vintage or for the vineyard. And then along comes this bottle, which was tasted side by side with the '72 Richebourg and while the Richebourg was lovely, the RC was even better. Bricked almost through to the center. The perfumed and still fresh if by no means youthful nose speaks of primarily sous-bois, spice, sandalwood, dried rose petal and Asian-style tea wisps. The sleek, intense and overtly mineral-driven flavors possess outstanding delineation while delivering excellent depth and length on the somewhat linear finish where the only reproach is a touch of dryness. Note however that other examples have displayed more acidity than the mid-palate could reasonably buffer and lacked grace. In sum, my experiences with this wine have been anything but consistent and the 2017 bottle was by far the best that I have tried; other bottles have largely been in the 87 to 90 point range, which is to say perfectly good but well short of distinguished.

Features
Vintage 1972
Rating 90-94
Classification Burgundy - Grand Cru
Region Burgundy
Appellation Romanée Conti
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Price More than 300 €
New yes
Château Romanée Conti (Domaine)
Country France
Château informations
Romanée Conti (Domaine)
Romanée Conti (Domaine)

Acquired by the Prince de Conti in 1760, the 1.85 ha vineyard produces little more than 6,000 bottles of mythical and exceptional wine per yearl. After the French Revolution, the area was declared a national asset, Romanée Conti counted many owners, including family-Duvault Blochet, who acquired several other parcels, including La Tâche, Richebourg and Echézeaux. Today, every bottle of Romanée Conti is signed by both Aubert de Villaine and Henry-Frederic Roch. Romanee Conti was the last vineyard in Burgundy to resist phylloxera, but during the second world war, the lack of carbon disulphide led to its destruction in 1945. For five years, from 1946 to 1951, no vintage was produced. The conditions of vinification and aging (maximum maturity of the fruit, very high selectivity, maximum precautions at every stage, breeding new wood) can produce an exceptional wine. Thus, magnificent complex aromas evoking rose, violet, spices, truffles and leather are in this sumptuous wine. All Domain Romanee Conti is implemented to produce only wines to keep. Biodynamics has taken over the last ten years a different share under the new leadership of Henry Frédéric-Roch, one of two co-managers of Domaine Romanee Conti with Aubert de Villaine. The owner of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, one of the most famous vineyards in the world, has been elected Decanter Man of The Year 2010 by the eponymous magazine. Aubert de Villaine is the largest producer of wines from Burgundy to receive this award since its inception. Modest, it seems that he also refused at first to be rewarded, before changing his mind to finally accept. Co-owner of the domain family of Romanée-Conti with the Leroy family, Aubert de Villaine long hesitated before walking in the footsteps of his father. After studying law and literature, he flew to New York and began his career as an importerof wines from Burgundy. Fascinated by wine, he also devoted himself to journalism and has interviewed, among others, Robert Mondavi 1966. During this period his father called him  to his side. He started as an apprentice to the field. Since then, he has consistently put his dedication, passion and service requirement of Romanée-Conti, which continues to produce the greatest red wines in the world. .

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