Another trip to the cellar…We thought a DRC that might be ready. Popped and poured. Very well structured and would have benefited with a decant. Some browning on the edge. Dark fruits, ripe. Lots of dry extract. Sweetness on the finish. Lovely wine and should improve with more time in the cellar, but quite enjoyable now.
Opened an hour before consumption and nose developed nicely over that period. Classic pinot black fruits, limited savoury notes, a touch disappointing. Huge in the mouth, velvety texture, much more like it. Medium length finish, nice wine but not outstanding and poor value given the DRC price tag.
As always with DRC's this wine is very well structured. We evaluated over 2.5 hours after a decant. The nose moved back and forth between lovely aromatics and very closed up. Very much enjoyed following the nose over this time frame. Never bored just smelling it. Finally got around to the fist sip about 1 hour after it being poured into my glass. Very well structured with great complexity, no edges, full but lite on the palate. Fills your mouth senses without being a big wine. Makes you pay attention. Decently long finish. Very much enjoyed.
DRC Tasting Group (Cafe Veloce): Funk, smoke, earth on the nose initially. Super smooth and elegant on the body, really nicely textured, some fruit and wood spice. Very fine tannins with a very long finish. The length is impressive. As it opened up, more earth and tea came out. The nose never really came around much, unfortunately.
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(DRC Richebourg) The DRC was a bit green and stalky with some beef stew in there. Stems, tea, spice, broth, citrus and root cola were all present, but the ’97 was a bit primitive and not fleshy or meaty like a good ’97 can be.
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