Community Tasting Notes (20) Avg Score: 96.2 points

  • Nose of earth, stones, and dry earth with a surprising overall flatness. Palate emerged as somewhat tart and acidic with light vanilla and wood flavors developing with time along with cherry. Not the best showing for this wine but still very enjoyable. Bottle from domaine.

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  • This was initially too intense to even describe. It was explosive, kirsch and granache bomb, with spices intense and exotic. After about an hour it calmed downed and you could better appreciate the purity of fruit and the more manageable intensity. Had side by side with the 1990. This is clearly the better wine but not nearly ready to truly enjoy but fantastic to sample it's magnificence

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  • Of the 2 DRC GC at Burgundy Thursday this was the more feminine wine. Polished, smelling of both nice red and dark fruits. Spicy in that Vosne-Romanee way, a touch of anise, but the floral smell was a bit more Roses. My father grew red roses for most of his life and this was in it. That smell after they have been cut and the life is just starting to slip out. A very attractive compliment to the spice, fruit and the last hints of oak manifesting in subtle vanilla. While I rated the La Tache a point higher, its probably purely for the lavender, which I like so much. This however would be the year that I think to be more desirable. again the wine was seamless. Great finish, perfect acid and melted tannin. A very different type of experience than with other reds like Syrah or Bordeaux blends. Touches the emotional side of your brain much more than trying to break it down intellectually. Fantastic wine, but I won't be chasing this Burgundy moment again. Wonderful to have it no doubt, but the Charmes -Chambertin, by Rousseau was equally a great burg moment and nowhere in the same price category. I also love Chambertin to begin with. Thanks for the generous wine moment Mark and Claudia.

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  • Charleston Bad-Ass Burgundy Thursday (S1s House): My first DRC, and I hate to say that it lived up to the hype.

    Big, silky smooth, just seamless wine. Perfumed nose with black tea, florals (lavender?), cherry, cranberry, lemon peel, anise, chalk. Fantastic.

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  • Popped poured at Rob Morrisons. Beguiling nose; spice wood earth extraordinary violet perfume, complex and evolving. First taste after 5 mins a little tight but 10 mins later opened up wonderfully. Within 1/2 hour hit its stride and incredibly deep and complex. Best Burgundy I've ever had. Stunning.

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  • Wow! Truely impressive wine with seemingly endless layers of dense dark fruit. Also an umami component here that reminds me of kelp along with the chinese herb store smell that I find so often in young drc richebourg. Not ready for prime time drinking, but just incredible.

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  • We drank this wine along side the Anne Gros Richebourg 2002. What a treat it was to taste wine with such finesse! The wine started to open up after 10 minutes or so after being poured. It was elegant yet it possessed a strong current beneath. The nose was full of delicious berries, and the taste was a harmony of luscious red fruit, spices and mineral and a slight tint of charcoal. Beautifully balanced and worth 101 points. Long velvety finish. Truly a beauty.

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  • Dinner with a few burgundies (Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong): Dark and dense when poured, this was clearly not going to be your garden variety pinot. Tight and closed at first, it began to open up after 15 mins of aeration, throwing off incense-like seams of camphor, soy, dried herbs, wet soil/forest floor. Very big for a pinot, it almost had the body and texture of a bordeaux (as Mrs L kindly put it), packed with a mind-boggling multi-dimentional array of cherry and berry flavours, all overlaid with that sweet camphor incense in the background. The finish lingered for at least a minute. So this is what you get for parting company with that thick wad of precious wine dollars -- a brush with the subliminal glory of the pinot noir grape in the able hands of DRC.

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  • Orta üstü yoğunlukta lal taşı ile kızıl arası renkte. Burnu oldukça karmaşık ve katmanlı. Olgun siyah meyvelerin öncülüğündeki aromaları animal notlar, et, baharat ve toprak ile hafif puro kutusu kokusu izliyor. Güçlü gövdesini diri asidi ve sağlam tanen yapısı destekliyor. Olağanüstü konsantre, kaslı ve diri. Tüm gücüne rağmen zarif bir denge sergiliyor ve etkisi uzun sure damaktan silinmiyor.

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  • Orta üstü yoğunlukta lal taşı ile kızıl arası renkte. Burnu oldukça karmaşık ve katmanlı. Olgun siyah meyvelerin öncülüğündeki aromaları animal notlar, et, baharat ve toprak ile hafif puro kutusu kokusu izliyor. Güçlü gövdesini diri asidi ve sağlam tanen yapısı destekliyor. Olağanüstü konsantre, kaslı ve diri. Tüm gücüne rağmen zarif bir denge sergiliyor ve etkisi uzun sure damaktan silinmiyor.

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  • At the Union League with Clive, Bob and a group of friends; 3/26/2011-3/28/2011 (Union League Cafe, New Haven Ct.): Totally discombobulated when opened. After 15 minutes got itself together and continued to gain momentum. Long and intense. WOTF. Will be powerful, intense and rich, but hold for at least 5.

    At Union League with Clive, Bob et al.

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  • Purple to the edge. On the nose, smoke and cherries. Tastes balanced by acidity, bright and long flavors, rich, smokey, young. Leave for eight years or more. Try again in 2018.

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  • Stunning. Riveting. Still very primary but it's greatness, both current and future, is undeniable.

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  • 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg (Frankrijk, Bourgogne, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru) Kleur: Diep geconcentreerd robijnrood Aroma / bouquet: Uitgesproken expressieve en krachtige neus. Mineralig / zoutig. Leren zadel, animaal / boers. AB-SO-LU-TE snuffelwijn. Primair fruit zowel bosaardbeien, aalbessen als framboosjes. Smaak / Afdronk: Krachtig, geconcentreerde power. Uitgesproken maar niet dominante zuren, krachtige maar ronde tannines. Prachtige lange afdronk. Ook retronasaal komt het rode fruit mooi terug. Algemeen / potentieel: Mooie wijn. Maar, dè les van de avond: niet al te lang bewaren. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Smaak / Afdronk: 17 + Algemeen / potentieel: 8 = 93/100

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  • The Paulee de Hersh (Casa Hersh): Tight and unyielding. Blind, I would not have been near DRC with my guess. Others saw through its youth to future greatness - that's not a skill I have in abundance. Contrast to a recent 99 La Tache, where greatness was obvious.

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  • One of my favorite Richebourgs, and I somehow lucked into drinking this twice in two weeks. This is a big wine, intense, rich and well-shouldered. Awfully young but awfully delicious.

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  • Rich and powerful, this young wine really opened up with some air. Just a great young Richebourg.

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  • G7 (Dave): Overripe cherries. Big and rich but a bit monolithic. Made very much in the style of an extracted California Pinot Noir. Nonetheless, a very nice wine but definitely out of place with the others.

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  • Dark blue in the glass. Intense scents of flowers, cherries, cranberries, and pencil shavings coming out of the glass. Largely structured with marvellous density and fatness, a model texture of velvet and silk, intensity of flavour and complexity that makes the head spin. It's like a buzz in the head and tunnel vision to follow. Impeccable structure and delightfully intense flavours of red fruits, this is another example of the perfect marriage of power and grace. The wine was in the glass for a good two hours, and it just got better and better. Being fully aware that Grand Cru Burgundy should age for 25+ years, I found myself asking whether a wine needs to taste better than this. I can only agree with Robert Parker on his recent scoring of this wine. Not sure whether his score relates to potential, but mine related to present day drinking. I've got two bottles left, and it will be hard to keep my hands off those. Of course, this note of advice is for people who enjoy primary wines. Soft, and seductive this wine is, with a finish that goes on forever. An easy call.
    100 points

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