Another great DRC 2000 experience. Wonderful relatively early drinking wine, with spice and intensity, lots of sophisticated red fruits. Perhaps not overly long and deep, so think can be drunk comfortably now.
Popped, pored and drank over a hour. Ripe red and black crushed berry fruit with brown baking spices galore. Great sweet fruit quality. Palate was very giving and the same fruit flavors came through. Well textured with a very long finish. A very seductive wine.
2000 Burgundy Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck): A fitting end to a great night. We should have really popped this a bit earlier, maybe even popped it into a decanter for a short time, because it was a bit tight when first served and only started opening up slowly in the glass just as we were about to leave. Still though, I thought this was very good. The nose was classic DRC, with dark cherry and blackberry tones seasoned with drifts of sweet spice and patted down with earth and brambly herb. Still a bit tight, but clearly starting to open up into secondary notes. It was excellent on the palate. Rather less tight than the nose, it showed gloriously pure dark cherry flavours spiked with gentle spice notes and garlanded with floral shades on the midpalate. It felt very complete, with plenty of presence and depth. Great length on the finish too, with some of the herbal notes picked up on the nose wed to pinpricks of spice. However, unlike some of the wines we had earlier in the night, this was clearly not quite ready. It still had a slight chew from sinewy tannins and juicy acidity. While already quite open, fresh and giving, there is clearly some way to go in development. I would give it 4-5 years more at the very least, and a few years longer than that if one is patient. Not the greatest Richebourg, let alone the greatest DRC Richebourg, but it should be very good when it hits peak drinking.
There was some discussion before the event about blending the bottles together where we had multiples, I strongly advised against it and was glad we didn’t. The first bottle of Richebourg was ever so faintly tainted by TCA. It flattened the wine’s detail. The second bottle was excellent. It was stacked with red and black fruits and had aromas of smoked meats and aniseed. It was full and sweet with good depth of flavour and finished with sweet, spherical tannins.
First time I've had DRC. Lots of stems on the nose, with florals and ginger and baking spice and a twiggy suggestion, along with beautifully pure black raspberry fruit, and just a touch of creamy oak in the background. Truly captivating, I could still smell this hours after the glass was empty. In the mouth it's rich and velvety but elegant and midweight, perhaps not showing the true power you'd get in a great vintage, but it's quite open and drinkable now with extremely refined tannins. Fantastic wine, one of those cases where the hype turns out to be correct.
A dynamic, forward, potent wine that flitted back and forth between three clearly demarcated facets. First, a generous helping of ripe, "pure" black raspberry and some cranberry fruit--this was very far from a generic, anonymous "mixed berry" experience. Next, a V8 juice/ready-for-harvest vegetable garden side that carried a whiff of perfume; this presumably comes from some stem inclusion. And finally, a sweet spicy element that I'm told is a signature of Vosne-Romanee: cinnamon, vanilla, a bit of whatever goes into that crumbly top layer of Drake's coffee cakes. This is just as distinguished in the mouth, where it offers great heft and body without a hint of heaviness; a fat, voluptuous texture; a seamless journey from first sip down the palate to the aftertaste; and a refreshing jolt of acid. This wine didn't offer any "new" flavors or scents I found unfamiliar, but it just dialed them up to an intensity level I hadn't previously experienced. Burgundy is not my preferred region, and while my score is surely far below those of my enraptured tablemates, it is the highest mark I've ever given a Pinot Noir.
Popped and poured, then consumed over dinner over a couple of hours. Started with alluring and classical Vosne baking spice aromas that remained front-and-center throughout. Mature red fruit and reduced mushroom on nose and palate as well, that picked up density over the course of the time open. Like most 2000s that we keep thinking are at their peaks, this comes across as forward and balanced, but it just kept improving in glass, so I expect it will continue to improve in the cellar as well. Thank you, Kevin and Jamie!
Lovely redfruited, perfumed and majestic nose. Almost ridiculously spicy. Powerful. The herbs intermingles perfect with the spices. Extremely complex, generous and archetypical burgundian GC. Minerality that reminds of gun-powder. No meatiness, so this is well-deveolped but not totally mature. For us, this is in a perfect drinking window - others would like them more animaly mature... Full body, concentrated, but ready palate. The forest floor is powerfully present. Perfume, indish bazaar, woodland. Plump and majestic in the "masculine" school. But how it combines the richness with elegance! An intense acidity and fruit makes for a splendid grip. Perfume and forest in parody combination. Presented by me, the group first went to Chambertin, due to the power and majesty. Told that it lacks a bit of iron and earthiness for a Chambertin, they came to Vosne-Romanee after a bit of hinting. It is hard to rate a wine like this. For DRC veterans, 98 is probably a bit high, due to the rather weak vintage. But since this was only my 4th DRC ever (2001 Echezeaux, 1993 Grand Echezeaux 3-5 years ago and 1989 La Tache more than 10 years ago), 98 Points is what it gets. For me this ranks among the 10 or 20 best wines I've tasted. It met the expectations. Purchased in 2003, the prices were also more reasonable at that time. I remember paying something like Euro 200.
cloudy, maybe a bit young, but the center of this wine is amazing. I mean center, intense fruit as if you are tasting directly from the vine. 60 min in the decanter and its off to the races. yes others have reason to say to much $$ for this wine, but I say toast up and enjoy...this is special juice.
Wednesday Night Burgundies (Bar Boulud): On the first sip this seemed very similar to the 2006 but with more length of flavor, an extra little layer of stuff on the back end. As I sat with both glasses, though, that extra little layer seemed to make all the difference as it seemed to crank up the salty meatiness of the wine to a level of expressiveness that sharply contrasted with the reserved personality of the '06 - it became evocative to the point where there was almost something Northern Rhone-like about it. I think several people had this down as their favorite wine of the night and it certainly had a readiness to it that many of the others didn't, even if it's not a top example of DRC Richebourg.
very high pitch, yet very firm core of red and dark small fruits, fresh leather, coffee beans, in a stunning bright texture. Still very, very young, and quite vibrant, but not nearly ready, in my opinion, as the magic hasn't started to get into its gear. Over the years(10 years from now on ) this will be speaking with soft, delicate, yet with precise verbs, and expressions. By then, oh this will be 'killing softly' with its words...
I have had some really lovely wines from this Domaine over the years but I must confess. I am not a fan of the "house style" which sees varying levels (usually high) of whole bunch ferments. D.R.C La Tache is an incredible wine no doubt and in my experience rarely shows the stems due to the outstanding terroir. Of the other wines I've had to me it detracts rather than attracts. This wine again showed a fairly pleasant perfume but I find the stalky almost ashtray like character unattractive. Don't get me wrong, this is a classy wine and due to the endless accolades heaped on this Domaine I must be in a minority. "You get what you pay for" is a well coined phrase in life but not always true for wine. Fifteen years ago I began to navigate the worlds best wines wanting to know which ones really are the best? To me there are many more spectacular wines around at a fraction of the cost. I can feel the stage getting pelted with bottles, fruit and all manner of things so time for me to get off.
Light, orange color, seems initially to be a bit struck by age. Nose restrained, but reveals notes of autumn leaves, horse, underbrush, assorted red berries, raw mushroom and a hint of nuts. Palate, definitely more fat and full-bodied compared to the RSV. Wow, the finish, powerful and very long with a lingering aftertaste of ground cumin and candied tangerine peel. After 2 hours. Tons of flavours start to develop in every direction: Notes of wild boar, celery, dried porcini, underbrush, candied citrus fruits, hazel nuts, strawberries and cool mint.
Would be a perfect match with wood pigeon and wild porcini mushrooms. After 4 hours. Exact same development as the RSV. The wine has now finally come together regarding the fruit, and has completely let go of the initial signs of age as we often see with older, fine Burgundies that initially seems age struck but after 3-4 hours start to shine like you would never have imagined. Nose dominated by fat red berries, chocolate, tangerine, sea shells, cool mint and pronounced hazel nuts. This wine is singing now without loosing its profoundness and undefinable DRC quality. Bravo!
Leflaive & DRC Dinner (The Ledbury, London): Clear purple wine, strawberries and sweet cherry candy on the nose. vibrant in the mouth as the acidity rolls in with the fruit. lots of high notes and length to this one. the tannins are a bit boxy. all in all this wine is in a really nice place right now but surely has a long life ahead of it.
My first DRC. Deep Brick-red color. Powerful nose of soy, meat and ferrous notes. Later on, I got some spice. Silky, yet muscular mouthfeel. The flavors ranged from deep-red fruits to savory, (pleasantly) herbal notes. Restrained sweeteness. Toward the end of the bottle a rush of minerals came out to play.
Tasting Group Dinner - DRC Thank-You For Brad England (La Belle Vie, Minneapolis): Very ripe, with a powerful nose of crushed blackberries and roasted coffee. Massive, tannic, and a but burly at this point in its evolution. Like the other 2000s we tasted tonight, the secondary characteristics are well-masked by the fruit. Still, this seems to have great raw material, and I suspect the finesse inherent in this wine will reveal itself after 5+ more years.
Kitchen Tasting Group Tribute to Brad England (La Belle Vie): The intense and expressive nose offers an exotic melange of deep red fruit, mushroom, earth,lilac, and dried flowers. Already showing complexity despite its boisterous youthfullness. Really impressive. The red fruit still dominates the almost primary taste. A touch of oak is discernable. This has great balance, just enough tannic structure, and finishes with a persistence and deeply satisfying finish. This is a great showing for this wine tonight (wish I had a few more bottles).
Graduation wines (Columbus, OH): Deep red fruit, floral, and earthy notes. High-pitched nose with typical Richebourg power. Really tight palate not giving much up. Obviously needs time, but a promising and enjoyable bottle.
Chinese Dinner at the Maple Garden in Honolulu (Maple Garden Honolulu): This was a very approachable wine. Good nose, good fruit. Really drinkable now, which was a treat. We had the 00 DRC RSV the other night and most of us would give a slight nod to the RSV over this Richebourg for drinking now. But both of the 00's were drinkable today, and really enjoyable.
Medium red. A totally different animal than its sibling. Wonderful scents of the bark from a tree trunk. Lots of cherry scents on the nose. Sublimely easy-flowing and light on its feet, yet in no way diluted or thin. Medium bodied, and soft. This wine is quite approachable now. Even sweeter than the La Tâche. Wonderfully structured. It seems that the limitations of the vintage didn't cause the wine-makers to over-extract or apply other means of beefing this up. Nice, long finish. Again, a harmonious wonderful wine.