Romanée Conti 1996 Vintage: 19/09/14, Tokyo

Peter Thustrup led a group of connaisseurs for this Landmark Romanée Conti Tasting Event held in Tokyo on September 19, 2014.

The lucky tasting group

 

The 1996 vintages tasted included:

  • Romanée Conti 1996
  • La Tache 1996
  • Richebourg 1996
  • Romanee Saint Vivant 1996
  • Grands Echezeaux 1996
  • Echezeaux 1996

The Romanée Conti vintages tasted

DRC ROMANEE CONTI 1996

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At the opening of the bottle:

Color: Light transparent red brick a tiny bit cloudy

Nose: Very surprisingly open for this tight vintage, refined, a lot of fragranace ,

Taste: Round, subtle and balanced. A bit dry, not giving all it has yet

90+

After 90 minutes

A bit rough for a Conti, but delicious, liquoriche, concentrated almost thick ! very dense and fine, very long and fragrant, still an enourmous potential.Vibrates in the mouth minutes and minutes.

Could last another 10-20 years !

96+

DRC LA TACHE 1996

At the opening of the bottle:

Color: Superbe dark red, hardly any brick on the edges.

Nose: Fantastically concentrated, powerful, and fragrant. Elegance and power.

Taste: Wonderful in the mouth, round, dense and long. Still quite young !

95+

After 90 minutes

Dark red , fantastic taste, power ,black, fruits, licorice. A great wine, can age , almost too young, has a lot of potential, a lot of tannins, but refined, tannins on the teeth. Wait with this one will be exceptional in 10 years !

Now 94 potential of 97 in 10 years

DRC RICHEBOURG 1996

At the opening of the bottle:

Color: Nice red a bit brick color

Nose: Red fruits, some spices, very seductive, great class, very complex,

Taste: Superb, round and balanced great distinction, fin and very nice concentrated dry finale.

94+

After 60 minutes

Nose: White flowers, lys,

Taste: Superb fruit, plus the flowers that follows into the mouth, fragrant,intense, balance and great distinction and classe

Perfect now, as opposed to La Tache and Romanée Conti that will improve.

96

DRC ROMANEE SAINT VIVANT 1996

At the opening of the bottle

Color: Beautiful red crystal clear red brick

Nose: Seductive, but you sent the alcohol

In the mouth, round, alcohol, lacks complexity, but good

92

After 60 minutes

Color: superbe intense red

Nose: Refined and seductiv, dence refined and elegant. Nice dry seductiv classy finish

After 120 minutes

Soft, you taste the alcohol, quite simple but nice

90

DRC GRANDS ECHEZEAUX 1996

At the opening of the bottle

Color: Red brick, clear, superbe

Nose: Red fruits, and spices, complex; vanilla

Taste: Round and complete, fine, balanced and quite long. Nice finish, a bit dry but vibrant

92

After 60 minutes

Red intense

Nose: Fine seductive, superbe, dense, elegant and subtle

Taste: Classy, nice dryness,seductive finish

94

DRC ECHEZEAUX 1996

At the opening of the bottle

Color: Light red brick transarant

Nose: Spicy with clear red fruit

In the mouth dry, spicy, nice refined finish

90+

After 45 minutes

Tannins nice fruit, a bit short, and rustique for a DRC, a bit surprising. Kind of tranperses the cheeks !

After 240 minutes

Round, granular (not refined) good, but not magical

90

The Tasting Dinner Event

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