Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Prince Florent de Mérode 2014
The Domaine’s Corton, which debuted with the 2009 vintage, is a blend of Bressandes, Clos du Roi and Rénardes.
The 2014 displays a pale robe, opening in the glass to reveal aromas of red berries, cedary new oak and incipient nuances of soil and fallen leaves.
On the palate the wine is fresh and refined, with a supple, elegant attack, a sapid mid-palate and a good finish.
Happily, the Domaine doesn’t seem to have fallen prey to the suzukii fruit fly whose influence marks some 2014 Cortons; but 2014 does seem to have been a challenging year in this part of the Côte, and this is very much a delicate, mid-weight, savoury rendition of this classically powerful and robust appellation.
Harvested on 16 September.
Taster: William Kelley