94 Points Allen Meadows
An elegant, fresh, ripe and still quite restrained yet overtly spicy nose displays notes that run toward the plum and blue berry side of the fruit spectrum along with plenty of floral nuances. The solidly-structured and very serious middle weight flavors possess good density and punch before culminating in a still youthfully austere finish that delivers very fine depth and length on the linear, precise and balanced. In terms of drinkability this is still very much on the way up and while it is certainly interesting to see how a wine like the ’06 RSV is developing, it is still much too early to be cracking any bottles and indeed I would not suggest doing so for at least another 6 to 10 years.
95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The Domaine de La Romanee-Conti’s 2006 Romanee-St.-Vivant charts its own mysterious path, dissimilar to that of their Grands-Echezeaux, as well as reflecting the strides in quality that have manifestly been achieved in recent years in this site, more than at any other at this domaine. Iris, buddleia, and musky narcissus-like floral perfume; ripe purple plum and blackberry; sassafras and licorice; along with smoked meat and a hoisin-like amalgam of spices and soy all waft alluringly from the glass. The tannins here are ultra-refined and there is a vintage-typical sense of levity, despite all of the dark intrigue of enveloping black fruits, forest floor, fungal, and carnal flavors that persist on the palate. Here is an uncanny alliance of the sensual and thought-provoking such as only great red Burgundy among the world’s red wines can engender, and if this wine doesn’t stimulate in you cravings and wonder at once, the fault is doubtless in yourself and not the glass. It seems to marry the brightness and finesse of the 2002 with the texturally richness of the (unexpectedly fine) 2000, two standouts in recent tasting of Romanee-St.-Vivant that I was privileged to attend. But there is much more depth here, and I expect that this wine’s beauty will be worth pondering and savoring for at least two decades.