Chez Weiner, Westwood, California
Tasted Friday, February 13, 2009 by Richard Jennings with 1,672 views
This was the beginning of my "DRC Weekend" in Los Angeles, which I thought was a very appropriate way to spend the Valentine's Day weekend for a Burgundy lover like me. My fellow Burgundy lover Martin always gathers an impressive sampling of wines for his tastings. This evening was no exception, since we had the chance to compare Richebourgs from four top producers, including DRC; Clos de la Roche from three different producers; Bonnes Mares from four producers, including a three-vintage vertical of Vogüé; and a total of six bottles of DRC. While I expected a lot from the Richebourgs and La Taches, the surprise wines of the night for me at this tasting were both Bonnes Mares: the '78 Groffier version and the exquisite '02 Comte de Vogüé. I had tried the '78 Groffier Bonnes Mares before and enjoyed it, but this was really an exceptional bottle, in very good shape, delivering all the elegance, complexity and subtlety one could hope for from a mature Grand Cru Burg.
We weren't told for sure if this was Pinot, or where it was from. So I guessed Sea Smoke or a neighbor of Sea Smoke on this one, and it did turn out to be an SLH Pinot, one that Martin thought had shown the best at an SLH tradetasting the prior week.
We ended with a comparison of DRC Richebourg and La Tache from the same, challenging, vintage, and an even older La Tache. The latter, the '67, was definitely on the decline, and faded quickly in the glass. The two '83s were very much on par with each other, although this particular bottle of Richebourg was showing somewhat greater complexity than our bottle of La Tache.