In a blind mini vertical of 99,02,03,05. This was the surprise of the night, and 4 of 7 liked it the best. I had it as number two (behind the gorgeous 2002). Did not show the stereotype vintage characteristics (heat, ripeness), and presented very well balanced.
La Paulée de New York Gala Dinner (New York, NY): Brief tasting note. Obviously quite different than most of the wines just tasted, this was huge, ripe, robust and incredibly spice-driven. Ultra ripe black fruit but with the stuffing for everything to retain in great balance.
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant) Medium red color; reduction on nose, which opens to roses, ethereal tart red fruit and sous bois nose; silky textured, tart cherry, mineral, red fruit, baked cherry palate with depth, surprisingly accessible nose; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
(Romanée-Conti Romanée Saint-Vivant) The nose is instantly brighter, redder and more 'round'. Softer and perhaps less precise but with an intense and persistent weight of fruit at its centre. The palate is full-wrapped velvet, though despite the fineness of these ripe tannins I'm a little concerned by their abundance. This wine is quite different to the GE, with even more extract that leads to a drying impression into the finish - full-on, rather than graceful and the flavours don't quite etch into the palate like those of the GE. Looking to the long-term, there is a cool and concentrated quality to the fruit and the tannin will anyway lessen with time, and the glass was also emptied rather easily!
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