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.
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg) Cloudy, bricking light medium raspberry red color with clear meniscus; intriguing tart red fruit and tobacco nose; tart red fruit, tobacco and mineral palate with depth, needs 5 plus years; medium-plus finish
(Romanée-Conti Richebourg) Colour is perhaps, not so dense as the Romanée Saint-Vivant, but a similar shade of cherry. Beguiling and persistent, the deep red and black cherry nose shows just a little kirsch at the top end. There’s good acidity, and forward, though controlled tannins. There’s also a richness to match the volume you experience in the mouth, but somehow on tasting, this wine seems less involving than the others; gorgeous aromatics though.
(DRC Richebourg) Powerful aromatics. Raspberries, exotic asian spices, minerals, clove, blackberries. Very deep and layered nose. So dense in the mouth with powerful extract and intense flavors of red and black fruit skins. Beautiful balancing acids. A hint of tar lingers on the finish. Incredible clinging length.
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