2016 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru

2016 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru

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96 points Vinous

"The 2016 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru, picked on September 27–28 at 27hL/ha, has a heavenly, perfumed nose of blackberry, briar, wet limestone, incense and pressed iris flowers, displaying much more fruit intensity than the Corton alongside. There are subtle graphite notes that develop with aeration - the old-school pencil box, though it is never more than a fleeting suggestion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and quite rounded in the mouth, and that graphite tincture builds toward the second half. I adore the energy and balletic poise of this Romanée-Saint-Vivant as it deftly fans out toward the finish, exerting grip, but with the softest of touches, and offering deceiving weight and depth. A wine that exudes panache and sophistication. (NM)" (2/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2016 Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru is super, bursting from the glass with a kaleidoscopic bouquet of potpourri, red berries, cassis, peony and rose petal. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and fine-boned, with tangy acids, superb concentration and an ample chassis of powdery structuring tannins, concluding with a long, fragrant finish. This is a Romanée-St-Vivant that exemplifies the intensity without the weight that distinguishes the Domaine's best wines, and it equals the fabulous 2015 rendition. (WK)" (1/2019)

94 points Decanter

"An impressive deepish ruby in colour, this has a discreet touch of stalk with a dark berry fragrance and a hint of spicy oak. Brooding aromas in the glass are followed by seductive dark fruit flavours on the tongue, tempered by spice and an undertow of stalk. It's significantly denser and sweeter on the palate than the Corton, yet still silky to the touch. It has more evidently textured tannins and an elegant whiplash of savoury acidity on the back palate, giving a firmer structure. (AR)" (1/2019)