Decanted 2 hours. Shows a bit of age in color. This was expressive out of the bottle but then shut for 2 hours. At 2.5 hours it shows well, but the tannins show up at hour 3. This is rich and deep, but balancedm with plenty of fruit, structure, and the promise of seconaries as it evolves. Maybe not worth the premium, but certainly should evolve into a special wine. A-/A?
Tasted blind at the Domaine, 1999 DRC RSV elicited a 'wow' as its aromas of raspberry, black cherry, cinamon spice, coniferous forest and violets burst from glass. Formidable tannic structure lurks behind the wine's deep flesh—indeed, I thought it might be a Richebourg! This wine is really a good decade away from prime-time drinking, and a great wine indeed; but recent vintages are noticeably more structurally more refined.
Initially a tight and somewhat closed nose. Dirty and chalky, becoming more perfumed with time. With considerable air time the palate brings dark plum, mellow earth flavors, chalkiness, and light spice. This wine required significantly more time to open than either the GE or the Richebourg, but when it did was a great wine. Bottle from domaine.
Richebourg and Romanee St Vivant Dinner (Summer Pavilion, Ritz Carlton, Singapore): Superb, but so very tightly wound. This had very DRC whole-cluster nose, showing expressive little touches of earth and boiled herb with fragrant drifts of dried flowers and Vosne spice floating alongside intense notes of sweet red fruit - lots going on already, yet I somehow could not help feeling that there was a lot in reserve, just waiting to unfurl. Same thing on the palate. It was still so very young and hardly ready, with deep but tightly-packed, compact flavours of dark cherries and raspberries bearing a wonderful intensity wed to a balance and focus that was so very DRC. Great purity too - and this was especially clear when compared to the pair of 199 Potel and Girardin Romanée St. Vivant that came after (which were made from purchased DRC grapes). Those wines were good, but this was a step up in the sense of depth and presence wed to a pure, effortless clarity. It still needs time though - easily 10, 15 years - there was such a tightly wound core to the wine, stretching all the way into a fine, elegant finish, where lovely little notes of spice and herb mingled with lovely little dark fruited notes; just about the only semblance of secondary notes starting to show. A very polished, classy wine then, but many years from being ready. While it clearly showed lots of finesse, I thought it lacked a bit of the seductive floral perfume and silky softness that I usually identify with DRC's RSVs. Great stuff though, and I think it will certainly get there with time. 94++
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(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) Our Leroy challenge flight was now even; it was up to 1999 to settle this, beginning with a 1999 DRC Romanee St. Vivant. The DRC was very primary, full of violet and dry cassis fruit, earth, rose, animal and that ’99 adolescence, star quarterback style. Minerals, earth and tobacco tried to escape thru the wealth of primary fruit. In the mouth, there was more mint and animal to go with its cassis and earth; the wine wasn’t shutdown, but it still needed a training bra and left me yearning for more
(Romanee St. Vivant DRC) Geoffrey picked up on a .sea air/salt flavor. in wine #9, and I saw exactly what he was saying. There was kinky, fleshy and edgy fruit there as well, and the palate was long, dry and fine with great violet flavors and tannin expressions. It was at least a head above the rest so far, and it should have been
(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant) Beautiful, blackberry liqueur, mint nose; concentrated, rich, pepper, blackberry, blackberry liqueur, sous bois palate with great structure; long finish
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