Robert Parker 95
Tasted at the La Romanée vertical at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. The 2007 La Romanée Grand Cru is in keeping with the vintage, very open for business with plush strawberries, red cherries and rose petals. It is not the most complex aromatics that Louis-Michel has overseen but it is utterly charming. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine tannin, very pure red cherry and cranberry fruit, a dash of orange sorbet and plenty of mineral notes on the tensile finish. I would actually broach this now to revel in its youth and joie-de-vivre but it clearly has the substance to last two decades. I’ll leave it to you. Tasted June 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035
A wine of nuance and striking aromatic lift, the 2007 La Romanée speaks to finesse above all else, making it one of the most sophisticated, polished wines in this tasting. Hints of sage, white pepper, mint, rose petal and sweet red cherries all soar from the glass, leading to a beautifully textured, persistent finish that invites a second taste, and then a third. This is an immensely pleasing young La Romanée that will drink well with minimal cellaring.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2037
Mid crimson. Very heady and sumptuous. Jewel bright but very complex and substantial already. Dense black fruit nose with richness but overall massive freshness. Described by J&B as ‘demure’ – I’m not sure it’s that demure. Pretty striking and confident to me. Very intense and with a dry finish but masses of well tucked in fruit here. Very neat and refreshing.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026