The celebration of the 200 years anniversary of the Liger-Belair family in Burgundy offered the opportunity to taste 12 vintages of La Romanee from 2002 to 2013.
This is a rare treat indeed, and it gave me the chance to explore this magnificent terroir in depth – to find the esssence of La Romanee if you like.
The essence of La Romanee
After Louis-Michel Liger-Belair have improved quality significantly over the years – La Romanee is in my view back as one of the three top terroirs of Vosne-Romanee, edging slightly ahead of both Romanee Saint-Vivant and Richebourg.
Great wines are made on both Romanee Saint-Vivant and Richebourg, but the terroir is more variable on these large vineyards and so is the quality of the producers. The top three terroirs are of course La Tâche, La Romanee and Romanee Conti.
These are all both rare and expensive wines, so my thoughts about these terroirs is based on a rather limited number of bottles and tastings .. so please bear with me.
La Romanee is in my view quite closely related to both Romanee-Conti and Romanee Saint Vivant, as it shares the delicate refinement and the profound and extraordinary depth and complexity in the midpalate fruit.