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.