Hello Dragon…

Well, it has been a long wait, but me and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have finally crossed paths.  And I can only sit here and wonder, is there really another great wine that I really need to try?  In fact, I am not even sure quite yet if this 1995 Grands Echézeaux asked or answered more questions about (great) wine.  You can talk about a lot of mythical wines; Lafite, Latour, Petrus, but DRC holds a place, perhaps, at the top.  Because those guys produce a lot more bottles than DRC (at least Lafite and Latour).  All these (luxury) brands occupy a rare air, beyond the reach of most mere mortals.  So when you get lucky, and one comes your way, you try.  And you wonder, will reality meet expectation?

I was actually not expecting that much, as I have been disappointed more times by Burgundy than perhaps any wine genre.  But you know what, this was an excellent bottle of wine.  At perhaps the beginning of it’s pinnacle, it was no longer youthful, nor quite yet mature.  That said, I don’t feel I need another bottle of DRC in my life.  Probably because it comes at too lofty a price tag, and with too much expectation.  An average price for a typical bottle like we drank is something like $1500 US.  Not everyday wine.  Not ever wine for most of us.  Our bottle was a gift from a generous friend, and thanks may never be able to be repaid.

But having drank some nice Burgundy from Nicolas Potel last week (okay the DRC was slightly more spectacular) and some beautiful aged Viña Real Rioja’s, I could not help but compare.  And one thing kept jumping to my mind:  aged classic Rioja is as equally thrilling as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.  In fact, I recall thinking when we drank the Nicolas Potel Burgs and the Viña Real Rioja’s how much they seemed to relate.  And I could not help but think the same about classic Rioja with every sip of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.  I speculated how a Gran Reserva from Lopéz de Heredia or CVNE might sit in a blind tasting with Domaine de la Romanée-Conti?  I bet they could hold their own, and you could buy a case, or more, of either of theoe wines for the price of a typical bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.  In fact, Lopéz de Heredia has recently released the 1995 Bosconia Gran Reserva and you can grab a bottle for under $100.  And I am not trashing DRC, or Burgundy, but why do I keep thinking classic Rioja is equally as thrilling?

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Grands Echézeaux 1995

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Grands Echézeaux 1995

Tart and savory red Pinot fruits.  The package is mouthwatering and balanced with great length.  There is some smoke, some earth, and an echo of wood.  As good as any Burgundy as I have ever had.  Just entering a nice drinking zone, will be good for sometime to come.  Nice stuff, but is it worth the price of admission?  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

We broke out the big glasses to honor the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Echezeaux.

See that drop of wine on the paper towel, it’s worth $20 bucks!