Clearly, I am not going to become a Burgundy drinker. I do not get it. When you factor the insane price for this wine, which is $11,000 per bottle, the Emperor has no clothes. The wine was tart, crisp, bright and energetic. The fruit was clean, offering a sense of earthy purity to its bright red flavor profile coupled with herbal, underbrush and fennel notes. But there was far too much acidity and firmness to be fun to drink. The nose was clearly the best part of the experience. But I want to drink a wine, not just smell it. Served double blind, when the label was revealed, this bottle that cost as much a car for some people did not get better in the glass.
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(DRC Romanee Conti) The Burgundy that followed smelled much younger, and Juha noticed ‘brambly black fruit.’ There was a whiff of green wood in its long nose, which was a bit vegetal in a root way. There was also a bit of unclean fish tank in there at first, although that might have been the glass. This was a big, heavy monster in the mouth, extremely concentrated, with its green wood maintaining aggression. Someone guessed Jayer due to the oak, but I was in a DRC Richebourg frame of mind. It was a 1989 DRC Romanee Conti. It was complex and complicated although at least a decade too young. Its nose became more milky, and its palate more brothy with bouillon flavors to go with beefy undertones
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