Super refined and elegant and a wine that demands to be approached rather than showing off. There are so many gorgeously pretty things going on including raspberry and pomegranate fruits, ginger, sweet earth and minerals. The palate is a kaleidoscope of paisley and pastel things and as is the case with Romanee-Conti, it is a wine of perfect shape. There are no hard edges, not a hair is out of place yet it beguiles with all sorts of unobtrusive elements that collectively form near perfect wine.
In a flight with the Romanée-Conti 2000 and 2004, this is decidedly different; it doesn't show the nose of confidence as the others do. A vegetal element, or something. On the palate this is very solid but perhaps lacks the elegance of the best from this vineyard. However, there is fantastic vitalilty and length here - nice wine. Aubert relayed that this is "becoming civilized - it was wild," and Allen said taht this bottle was not as good as others that he has had.
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