Purchased from a reliable store ~2 years prior, they had it from release. Compared to the 1990 of the same wine, this was grittier & dirtier, showed a bit of the rot you expect to find in a 1983 but not terrible and only at the downside of the time it was open. Graceful spice and intensity but not a brute as some Richebourg certainly can be. With more time in the glass it fell apart and developed the old wine lacquer notes that are not so great.
One of the better wines of the evening imo. Who says that '83's are over the hill….Wrong!! Better than the RSV and much more substance to it. Sous bois, earth on the nose. Rich with excellent structure. Super wine! 97 pts.
Tasted blind, this wine had a red center with tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed black cherry, rhubarb, soil, and brown spices.
Fortunately, there was no sign of the problems that often plague the '83 vintage. The mouth was rich with great rounded tannin. It also had excellent, refined length length which developed into the classic "peacock tail".
This impressive wine appears to be in its drinking window but should last there for at least a decade.
Wednesday Night Burgundies (Bar Boulud): Last time I had this it was a Bern's bottle in absolutely perfect shape. This one came from parts unknown and perhaps illustrates the difference between storage that's perfect and storage that's merely passable, since I don't think the four years in between them alone can account for the difference. For one thing, the Bern's bottle was still deeply colored but this one was clearing out with a frail orange tint to it, possibly the result of the absolute crapload of sediment that had precipitated out of it. Fortunately, the wine performed much better than the visual cues alone indicated, with really intense five-spice aromatics that are a totally classic representation of the terroir -- in fact probably the first wine of the lineup to have aged to the point with such pure dirt-driven aromatics minus any influence of stems, barrels, or other primary and secondary things. On the palate this was fairly gentle without the flexing Richebourg muscle my last bottle showed. But fortunately it didn't have any hints of oxidation or other signs of being over-the-hill. I'm not sure how much longer it could have held itself together, but today it was still in decent shape and still showing some character and not generic old wininess.
Raw power. Assertive in its expression and dense with material, almost feels more like the Leroy house style but the terroir signature is so pure with its cinnamon/clove/yadda yadda -- it would take all of a half a second to plant this in Vosne-Romanee, it just reeks of the stuff. Aside from that, the most notable thing about this Richebourg is the sheer horsepower of it. You can feel the engine rumbling under the hood.
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg) Bricking light medium orange color with yellow lights and clear meniscus, light floating sediment; earthy tobacco leaf and spice box nose; concentrated, mature, spice box, spicy orange, mushroom palate with high acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
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