Q1 Epic Wine Dinner at Palena with the Wine Guys. Badly oxizidized and almost completely shot. After five minutes in the glass we noted a fleeting glimpse of it's potential greatness. Another sad moment and great disappointment that followed a completely oxidized 1966 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg.
Drank over 2 hours. Did not decant. For me this was more interesting than enjoyable. Bordeaux like nose of aged red fruit, leather and mineral notes. Similar on the palate. Dusty. Gritty. Still alive, bottle was in nice condition. Medium finish. This held up very well during the two hours.
Linden's La Tache Tasting (Bentley Hotel, London): After the previous five wines which were all brown and pale, this was a real surprise, darker, redder, remarkably youthful looking. Dusty on the nose, but obvious kinship with the ’69. Round, balanced, mellow.
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(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) What a wine! It's actually a little deeper in colour than all the preceding wines - until you reach the 1990. The sweet nose has truffles and subtle rose petals, slowly expanding to provide a wonderful panorama of notes. Again beautiful texture and volume in the mouth, there's even still a bite of tannin in the finish. Once again a wine that builds and builds in the mouth - Bravo. On this showing as good as the 1978 even if the 78 has a little more aromatic intensity.
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