Poured blind. My guess was a '99 1er cru but when it was tipped as an '01 I figured it had to be grand cru since '01 1ers are not this fresh and fleshy. This has a very pretty red-fruited profile that is just starting to billow out and develop a sappy, sticky grip. There was a hint of spice on the nose but not enough to tip it off as Vosne-Romanee - nobody got it. The tannin was more granular and muscular than I associate with RSV, I was thinking something in the Gevrey zone was more likely. Still, a very impressive and enjoyable bottle even before we knew what it was
HDH Auction Notes (Tru - Chicago, IL): Loved this. Beautifully rich, dense, and elegant red fruits here with nice mushroomy notes and some smokey notes. Palate is gorgeous and for a 2001 is drinking mighty finely. This will only get better and more complex.
HDH Burgundy Auction (Chicago, IL): Again a very, very pretty wine. With a bit of air, a lot of brown spice and coffee starts to show up. The palate is very light and dances with a kaleidoscope of red fruit. Stunning.
I have had the 2001 Hudelot-Noellat Romanee St.-Vivant a few times but not for a couple of years and it has never looked this good. Huge, spicy, sappy lift to the nose. It has certainly put on weight and is quite deep in the mouth with a velvety texture and great focus. It finishes with sweet spherical tannins and terrific cut.
mature colour a little amber and quite pale. A cornucopia of aromas. Classic mixture of intense mature pinot noir with forest floor mushrooms and minerals. majestic. Intense on palate with perfect balance of fruit and mature flavours and a long tantalising finish. Brilliant wine. Ready but will keep.
Opened this for a bunch of bordeaux drinkers and it did the drink. Some are trying to source it now. Bright, explosive burgundy in the early stage of it's drinking window. Maybe slightly brighter and bigger that one would normally expect from an RSV but really grabs your attention. I'd describe it as bright, kaleidoscopic, gripping, bold and brash. Maybe not subtle. If those descriptors are your cup of tea, then give this one a try. This was my first of three bottles and I'll probably give the next one 3-4 years to see how it develops.
Not decanted, as red Bourgogne never should be of course. Needs time to open up. Then oriental, spicy, complex, long. Lovely, though not "velvety". Especially for the vintage a complex, interesting wine. Too bad it's so hard to find, otherwise I would buy more. 19+ points
Drank over 3 hours. Nose was open right from the start and improved up until the end. Great nose of spice, black and red fruit, iron and some barnyard. The palate matched and was powerful and light and delicate at the same time. Great grip, nice acidity and a long finish with a firm tannic spine. This will clearly last and continued to improve in the glass. I may try another bottle very soon. This is LARRY's wine.
Fresh and vibrant nose. On the palate, this opens surprisingly thin and no where near ready, or at least not showing much of interest... but the balance is fine and it stated to open up with some time. This needs to go to the back of the cellar for some time before it shows its potential.
not as showy as the last bottle -- tighter on the nose and more structured. but with air the elegance and flavors open up a bit. this is really special, but perhaps in a somewhat dumb phase right now. revisit in 5 years i think.
Some RSV (and friends) with dinner (Boka - Chicago IL): Black and red fruit on nose and palate. Reticent spice to start. This wine started as a very nuanced, almost teasing wine, but over a couple of hours really started showing more depth, concentration and spice. Great texture started to unfold, great acidity from start. I am very excited about where this wine will be in 5-15 years. Just kept getting better and better. Wish I owned more.
Clean and correct nose but a bit course on the attack - yet, still powerful, firm black fruit and strong tannins that are a bit spiny. Short finish, and the classic 2001 thin fruit, lean but well-balanced. A good wine but not pride of the cellar.
The wood was in the forefront of the very dark/almost black fruit nose. Clove and anise notes as well. The same fruits and spice carry through onto the palate which is medium bodied and has a firm, tannic finish. Great acidity and minerality. Still needs time to fully come together, but still quite delicious.
Outrageously good Burgundy. Killer nose of Asian spice, minerals and earth with a little smoked meat sneaking in. Has the most sensual lacy texture and a taut mineral spine that commands all of the flavour elements to show in their most detailed, crisp form. The finish is long, precise and fans out in spectacular fashion.