At a White Horse Tavern in the north country: Served non-blind as a single before the real deal of the night, this was amazing and certainly in contention for WOTN; there is juice and body here, and while there is certainly much more to come, the fruit carries this one nicely and it's pure joy to drink. The surface is dust and minerals, backbone is firm - serous stuff. 95+
I know…this is a baby killer. Huge expressive nose from the get go. Very dark. Spice, dark fruited. Burg funk. Very comples aromas. Very big structure that is so well balanced. No secondary. In it for the long haul.
Tasted blind, I don't usually taste wine this young. However, if pressed I will do my duty! The high- intensity nose of rhubarb, blackcherry, smoked meat, and soil was starting to evolve and was very well integrated.
In the mouth, this was medium+ bodied with nice fruit complexity and rounded tannin. While clearly way too young to show its best right now, this wine should pick up numerous points with 20-30 years of bottle age. This should be outstanding!
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(Romanée-Conti Richebourg) A wide nose - not so deep and focused as the Vivant, but rather fine and edged with higher-tones and caramel. After 30 minutes there is more definition and focus with a lovely floral aspect. On the palate the effect is very specific; it stains your tongue with complex flavours - but without apparent weight - now that’s impressive. Faintly furry tannin, super-wide and beautifully textured. I don’t think this wine is showing all it has, but what it does show is completely stunning - a wow wine.
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