Exuberant 2018 Pinot Noirs at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Aubert de Villaine's incomparable 2018 Burgundies are ripe, fleshy and dense young wines

Exuberant 2018 Pinot Noirs at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's newest vintage is unlike any in memory. (Courtesy of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti)
Feb 4, 2020

Senior editor Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator's lead taster for the wines of Burgundy, has just returned from France, where he visited numerous top domaines and other noteworthy properties while checking out the latest vintage.

I consider the young Pinot Noirs of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti a barometer of the vintage in Burgundy. These are wines of the highest order, revealing the potential of the growing season, even if most of the vineyards are centered on Vosne-Romanée. In 2018, they express the ripeness and generosity of the vintage, revealing broader profiles, opulent textures and mouthfilling, sweet fruit. They also have a density rarely found in these young wines from more classically proportioned vintages. Here are my tasting notes.

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