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Bruce Sanderson

February 2011

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Unveils its 2008s
Precision and purity are the hallmarks of the famed domaine's Pinot Noirs, and Montrachet is another world
Posted: Feb 17, 2011 5:00pm ET

In some years, like 2009, 2005, 1999 and 1990, nature looks kindly on growers in Burgundy, delivering benevolent weather and abundant quantity. Then there are years like 2008, when every possible obstacle rears its ugly head, forcing growers to be vigilant and proactive to harvest the best possible grapes. Yet it’s in exactly those challenging vintages like 2008, when the vigneron prevails over nature, that Burgundy produces its most typical reds. These are light, fresh, translucent Pinot Noirs, with balance and vibrant profiles.

The range of 2008s from the renowned Domaine de la Romanée-Conti provides an ideal example of the expression of Pinot Noir from the individual grands crus climats. Aubert de Villaine, co-director of the domaine, was in New York last week to lead two exclusive tastings, the only preview of DRC's newest releases. My notes on the wines follow.

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