drc – 2000 – romanée st.vivant

Update 28.10.2007(16.10.2007)billn

romanee conti vivantMy birthday – so I pulled out a ‘decent’ bottle that I hoped might have just a hint of ‘willingness’. Decanted mainly because of the sediment and drunk over the following 2-3 hours.
2000 DRC, Romanée St.Vivant try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour – just a very faint edge of amber at the rim. The nose is a sniffer’s delight – though the stems are very forward – they overlay a deep and primary red-fruit nose that’s edged with softness and a faint, savoury, musky note. The more it develops in the glass the more savoury it becomes; the last drops showing an extra fineness. In the mouth the wine is clearly grand cru in texture though the concentration is not so up-front, it rather develops on the tongue in an understated way. The tannins are well covered though I find the acidity is the least perfect aspect – not bad, but just a little bright – at this level I demand seamless. There is a subtle extra dimension in the mid-palate and into the finish – which is also very understated. Apart from the nose and the entry, everything about the wine is subtle and low-key – it holds the interest amply though, even the acidity seems well-judged at the death. Very fine now, if not quite mind-bending. I expect it will only get better for at least the next 10 years but it was very much enjoyed – to the last drop!
Rebuy – Yes (at release price, but not the current $500-900 retail!)

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There are 5 responses to “drc – 2000 – romanée st.vivant”

  1. ed16th October 2007 at 10:53 amPermalinkReply

    Happy Birthday. $900/btl? That is ludicrous.

  2. bill nanson16th October 2007 at 1:16 pmPermalinkReply

    Of course it’s ridiculous Ed – though (slightly) less so at its release price of ~$200 – but of course that’s when a dollar was worth a dollar 😉
    Cheers, Bill

  3. yewei17th October 2007 at 9:00 amPermalinkReply

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Oct. 16 is also my birthday, but no wine!

  4. bill nanson17th October 2007 at 9:07 amPermalinkReply

    I note the date 😉
    Actually it was the 14th – but I’m a slow writer…

  5. PABLO19th October 2007 at 9:32 amPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill
    I wish you a little bit late all the best and many good burgundy. We have our trip to beaune/Nuits next weekend.

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