There is nothing quite like the wine from the World War II period. Blue glass, no sulfur or many winemaking elements available because of the depravations of war. Yet, so many brilliant wines! This was no exception. Its appearance is light in color – but that should not fool anyone because this had astounding intensity on the nose, earthy and the definition of class and grace. The bottle was in perfect condition, and the palate had sweetness and silkiness all over it. A wonderful experience.
Flickinger "Significant Cellar" Tasting (Chicago IL): Tasting, brief note. Very good fill. Very clean and elegant start with classically Vosne spice still standing out along with some black tea. Wonderful reduced mushroom flavors along with good spice. Very precise with good length. Fantastic alongside the DRC 1941 GE.
From a small taste at Flickinger's warehouse tasting. Mostly earth and mushroom with some delicate, subtle fruit still present in the background. The mouthfeel was silky and elegant. This was an extraordinary bottle of wine, but dare I say, I expected more. I wish I had had a whole bottle and a quiet Sunday afternoon to experience it properly.
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(DRC Richebourg) The first wine of the next flight set a high bar early. It was a wild and wet Burgundy with a ‘crazy good’ nose. There was superhero-like fruit here with rose and cherry leading, but a tropical and foresty mix that exuded incredible complexity. There was a vimful spice of cedar meeting cabinet, and orange edges rounded out its abyss of a nose. The palate possessed incredible power and acidity; this bottle was in perfect condition, still so fresh and youthful. I was convinced it was from 1952, but it was not, of course. It was a 1941 DRC Richebourg. ‘Fantastic’ and ‘wow’ appeared in my notes multiple times, and mint, tomato and wild red fruits danced on the palate. This was an extraordinary wine (97).
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