Beautiful dark red color. Finesse, delicacy on the nose, with a slight touch of green that we expect from this cru, but also with fresh red fruits. In the mouth, we detect first the delicate texture, then the fat, nourishing character that evokes the deep soil of the climate, but without standing in the way of the transparency that finally take the wine towards lightness rather than power.
"The 2009 Romanee St.Vivant is wonderfully complete. The combination of power and elegance is breathtaking as layers of fruit flow across the palate in stunning style. Hard candy, flowers, mint and dark red berries build to the dramatic, explosive finish. In 2009 the Romanee St. Vivant is a wine of considerable volume and textural depth, but it will require a good many years for those qualities to come through fully. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2049.
The Wine Advocate
"As it usually the case, here the nose is even more elegant and prettier with a highly perfumed, layered and relatively high-toned aromatic profile that is quite floral along with offering up notes of oriental tea and exotic spice on the mostly red and blue pinot fruit scents. The detailed and ultra-refined flavors are crystalline in their purity and while they don't have the robust power of the Grands Echézeaux, there is notably more finesse and even a bit more overall length on the mildly austere finish. It's hard to capture mouth feel in words but think of lacy and silky textured flavors that possess a truly fine grain and you'll have a good idea about the palate impression of the '09 RSV. In a word, brilliant."
"Good full red. Sexy perfume of plum, flowers, truffle and game. Wonderfully rich and sweet but with real verve to the flavors of red berries, minerals and wet earth. The highly aromatic, rising finish shows captivating soil complexity and energy. According to Aubert de Villaine, "the 2009s make you smile, like the '59s. They're charming wines but with plenty of structure.""
International Wine Cellar