Vinous – 94-97
Deep ruby-red. Superripe yet almost magically vibrant aromas of black fruits, chocolate liqueur and mint. Hugely concentrated, powerful and thick, with fruit of steel and great class. Finishes with uncanny breadth of tannins and persistence. An obvious knockout. Like the top grand crus from Bouchard, this will benefit from six to eight years of cellaring.
Robert Parker – 91
Tasted at the La Romanée vertical at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. The 2002 La Romanée Grand Cru bottled by Bouchard Père & Fils has candied red fruit on the nose, touches of blood orange and mandarin developing with time, all nicely defined. It become ever more fragrant in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly leafy red berry fruit. The tannins are not as fine as the best 2002 Côte de Nuits although there is a pleasing, almost fiery finish. It just misses the class and sophistication I was hoping for and it feels a little short. Tasted June 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2032