The words "Romanée-Conti" are spoken with some combination of reverence and amazement. Equally referred to as both the best wines in the world and the most expensive, the wines produced by the small Domaine de la Romanée-Conti are some of the most revered and sought after wines in the world.
Burghound (BH): 99
"... kaleidoscopic and dazzling with its array of red and black cherry, cassis, plum and subtle earth notes replete with beguiling Asian spice cabinet aromas and essence of rose petals. The intense, powerful and breathtakingly concentrated flavors possess a taut muscularity before culminating in a palate coating finish of simply huge length. Not surprisingly, this is still structured to the point of being chewy yet it is never rustic or coarse because the gorgeously detailed palate impression is buffered by buckets of dry extract. As readers know, I often use the word Zen to describe the kind of inner harmony of a great vintage of Romanée-Conti ... this element of inner calm and grace as well. In sum, I remain confident that this huge but utterly classy and stylish wine will go down as one of the all-time great LTs."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 98-99
"The 2005 La Tache epitomizes the unique mysteries of Pinot (not to mention the character of a great site), with its aromas of game, musk, iris, star anise, vanilla, allspice, and naturally also an abundance of sweet, ripe, implosively tiny-berried fruit. Imagine a black Riesling. On the palate, a vivid freshness of fruit, pungency of spice and flowers, and melting away of what in point of analytical fact are abundant tannins, all engender an almost white wine dynamic of fruit-mineral call-and-response and clear, incisive penetration of flavors to every recess of the mouth ..." (David Schildknecht)
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 96
"Deep ruby-red. Super ripe aromas of cherry, currant, tobacco and smoky, nutty oak, with traces of vanilla and sweet butter; ... early treble notes of flowers and spices ... are lurking in the background ... wonderfully supple, silky and sweet, conveying an impression of brooding extract;.... Finishes with wonderfully broad, ripe tannins ... all the elements are in place to make a monumental bottle."