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Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 96.5 points

  • Killer. This still has a bit of sulfur on the nose, but it displays itself as a smokey, gunflint like character. It quickly dissipated and revealed an abundance of yellow fruit, custard, and flowers. There was a touch of a yeasty component that made the wine smell like cream cheese danish. All of these wonderful rich flavors were supported by an impressive spine of acidity and a fine minerality. Just spectacular wine. It was surprising to my that the acid was so good in such a ripe vintage.

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  • Deep yellow/orange color. sweet almond, jasmine flowers on the nose. Weighty and rich flavors show a floral spectrum that's unmatched by the other Montrachets tonight. Long finish and a strong acid!

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  • Bright golden, honey straw yellow. Viscous and oiley in appearance. Upon being poured the glass, I let the wine sit as it was too cold for consumption. A SOLID 8 minutes later, never having touched the glass I looking down and noticed legs still on the glass from my first swirl! I couldn't believe it. Beautiful nose - hazelnut - with a slight oxidative note / taking on tertiary aromas. The palate is fresh, bright & ripe with revrence on the back - no edge's. A real push to the rich finish. Long and expansive with more acidity than I would have expected from such a ripe year. Minerally driven finish.

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  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2012 - First Blood, 5/16/2012 94 points

    (DRC Montrachet) This soon became a heavyweight battle officially when a glass of 1990 DRC Montrachet was handed to me next. One remarked of the 1990s, ‘They’re there, why wait?’ The DRC was a lot more there to me than the Coche, but I understood his point; perhaps he was only referring to the DRC 1990 Montrachets. I couldn’t think of a good reason not to drink a 1990 white Burgundy, no matter which. There was lots of corn and sweet butter in this tropical Montrachet, which felt like it was definitely turning a corner. It was clinging on to its outstanding status, but it couldn’t quite hold on (94).
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2011, Part One, 4/25/2011 97+ points

    (DRC Montrachet) The 1990 DRC Montrachet was the third to last white wine of the evening and certainly its finest to date. The nose just boasted about its greatness, and no other wine would dare speak back. It was as pure as this wine gets; there was no usual touch of botrytis in this distinguished, refined and youthful nose. Aromas and flavors of rain, white meat and butter danced in massive harmony, like an 80-piece orchestra all in the same key. Long and unreal, it was, well, long and unreal. What a wine (97+).
  • By John Kapon
    DRC Weekend, 7/6/2009 95 points

    (DRC Montrachet) The second flight began with the 1990 DRC Montrachet, which started to show the benefits of age in a very regal way. There were aromas of butter, oil, tea and a bit of fortune cookie here, and the palate was rich, smoky and long, with more noticeable alcohol. Richard observed, ‘more butter,’ and while the alcohol made the ’90 hotter, it stayed on the outskirts of integrated, and it was clearly the best Monty so far. Flavors of vanilla and rainforest rounded out this ‘marvelous, always marvelous’ wine according to Ed

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