1996 Romanee St Vivant Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundy  France Still wine

1996 Romanee St Vivant

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

93Average Score
flagBurgundy / France

The 1996 Romanee Saint-Vivant Grand Cru continues to be an absolutely delightful wine from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, and puts to rest memories of a sub-par bottle tasted blind several years ago. Now two decades old, it retains a healthy color with little sign of ageing. The bouquet is fresh and vital, angular at first yet seeming to gain harmony with each swirl of the glass. It is not intense, but prioritizes clarity and tension over power. Dark berry fruit emerge first, briary and Vervain tea, an underlying mineralite eventually coming forth. The palate is very well balanced, quite linear and certainly not flamboyant or flattering. It makes you, the taster, work to seek out its nuances, its energy and refinement. Hints of black cherry intermingle with a marine-like undertow that governs that finish. It does not posses huge depth and I think Aubert de Villaine makes a more sophisticated wine nowadays, but it remains a joy. Tasted September 2016. Dec 2016, www.robertparker.com

Neal Martin    Score: 94/100

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