The 2015 La Romanée Grand Cru is a much more introverted wine than the Domaine A.F. Gros Richebourg Grand Cru, less detailed and complex, yet still captivating with its brambly black fruit, graphite and minerals, the latter becoming increasingly expressive with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin. This is beautifully balanced and supple in the mouth, displaying beguiling harmony and a persistent, utterly seductive finish. It could only be La Romanée. Sublime. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060
Robert Parker 100
“Tasted blind, Louis-Michel Liger-Belair’s 2015 La Romanée Grand Cru is simply extraordinary, dominating a flight of great grands crus. The wine wafts from the glass with an extraordinarily complex bouquet in which notes of cherries, cassis and orange rind mingle with fragrant aromas of rose petal and Asian spices, complemented by deeper, more savory bass notes of grilled squab, espresso roast and smoked duck. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, multidimensional and complete, with amazing depth and dimension, juicy acids balancing a deep and concentrated core of fruit, and concluding with a long, reverberative finish. This is a powerful, even dramatic La Romanée that ranks as one of the pinnacles of this magical vintage.”
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050
Cask sample. Monopole. Rather reduced nose. Lifted and wild on the palate. A bit of a wayward character. Great tannin quality and with the salty, digestible quality evident in all this domaine’s wines. Lots to chew on. Needs time but it should all knit together eventually.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2046