From magnum from domaine. An overall softness to this wine that belies its depth of flavor. Dark savory spices, dark fresh fruits, light musty aromas and flavors, all complemented by an umami tang on the finish. An incredibly satisfying experience. While this paired well with selected light cheeses, I chose to consume this over the course of an hour as a course unto itself.
The year Aubert married Pamela, so special for him. He relayed that on the 15 August of that year, hail destroyed 1/3 to 1/2 of the crop, and then it turned sunny. The domaine used tweezers to remove the dried, dead skins off of the good grapes from Romanée-Conti, La Tache and parts of Richebourg. They had to do it again in 1983. This was shipped to the US two months ago, and even in magnum format was cloudy still. But on the bright side, it was not a fake! Not reason to add to the descriptions of this wine, suffice it to say that it is a good wine.
The Eleventh Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): This was simply spectacular. From magnum, decanted for sediment and served approximately 20-30 minutes later. medium garnet in colour with an utterly intoxicating nose of soy, ginger, tart cranberry, pepper, minerals, incense, earth, and forrest floor. The palate was mesmerizing with sweet spice notes of clove, nutmeg, asian five spice wrapped around soy, ginger, cherry, pomegranate and cranberry. The stem inclusion is very evident here but it operates in the back and give another layer of complexity to the wine. The finish was very long, complex and pure...just so lithe and smooth with no edges at all. Such an utter joy to drink this.
Once in Lifetime...: From magnum, decanted approximately 20 minutes prior to service, deep ruby with a light brick at the rim. This was re-corked in 1998 by the Chateau, so extraction of the cork was not an issue. Inspection of the cork shows branding as expected. This wine just soars from the glass, with explosive aromas of red fruits, spice, dried herbs, cured meats, fresh cut grass, crushed rocks, olive brine, brown sugar, damp earth and mushroom. You can tell from the nose that there is a good amount of stem inclusion here. On the palate, an immense richness and depth of flavour, with tastes of red and black cherries, pomegranate, brine, minerals, spice and herbs, that round out the very lengthy finish. What a treat this was to taste – truly a once in a lifetime experience.
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