1996, Sylvain Cathiard, Romanee Saint Vivant

Romanee Saint Vivant, Burgundy, France

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 93

Drinking Dates: Try 2010+

Critic: Allen Meadows

Tasted: 01-Apr-2005

(from a tiny .18 ha parcel). An overtly floral, elegant and airy nose displays a huge array of spice elements on the red currant, cherry, tea, hoisin and lavender scents. The super-refined middle weight flavors possess a gorgeously sophisticated mouth feel that is at once silky yet packing plenty of punch that continues onto the harmonious finish where the persistence lasts for several minutes. I was knocked out by the palate impression because when RSV is “on”, the finesse is unmatched by any of the other grands crus in Burgundy. This is quite simply a ‘wow’ wine. (94-97)/2030+