DRC - Romanee St Vivant 1985

Product Details

Romanee St Vivant

Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 01/01/1990 The Romanee St.-Vivant is tannic, with the telltale iron-like scent, cinnamon, and gout de terroir that, for me, make it the most unique wine of the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti stable. It is quite tannic and needs cellaring until 1993-1994. This fabled estate has had a brilliant track record since 1978. Lalou Bize-Leroy and Aubert de Villaine seem to have everything tightly within their grasps, so it is unlikely that some of the lapses in quality control that occurred previously will resurface. I am sure they still cannot understand why their estate is so frequently singled out for malicious attacks, but no one should have any trouble appreciating the domaine''s 1985s, which are their best wines in decades, even surpassing their sensational 1978s. The problem is coming up with the cash to finance them. The wines, aged in 100% new oak, are never filtered. Tasting note: Quite complex and classically, even brilliantly spicy on both the nose and the palate but the beginning of the end is in sight. While this is indeed still wonderfully tasty and lovely as the flavors display soy, hoisin and anise notes but the finish already has hints of stewed fruit and I would suggest drinking this sooner than later while some semblance of balance remains. (92)