Perfect bottle. Top stand. Bottle no: 04501 Aged colour. Look like a wine from -70s or -80s. Wonderful perfume. Complex, deep with fabulous presence.
Extremely balanced, great complexity, elegant body.
Red berries, burnt underbrush, meat, "Leroy-acidity", mineral, mineral and mineral :-) In the 3/4 the wine boosts some energy and performs a long wonderful finish, but not with the same dark energy like La Tache, but in a more sublime and elegant style.
It's like to stare down into the black water in a big deep water well. You don't have a clue about it's fully depth. It's deep, dark, exciting and frightning. The acidity and mineral lingers through the wine like an eel in the water well.
If I compare Romanée-Conti 2004 with the La Tache 2004, the La Tache have more dark energy, a more up front minerality and a green note. Conti is more subtle and sublime, and I feel I have to drink more with my mind and brain than with my nose and palate.
G7 (Sea Saw, Scottsdale): Strawberries on the nose. Raspberry, cherry, cola, earth and perfumed flowers. Incredible depth and complexity on the mid palate. Mind blowing finish. Probably the finest Burgundy I have ever had the pleasure to drink. Wow! My personal WOTN.
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(DRC Romanee Conti) The Chairman then decided to close the evening in strong fashion with a 2004 DRC Romanee Conti. I was expecting this wine to be closed and shut down, but I was shockingly surprised to find the exact opposite. I couldn’t believe how good and drinkable this wine was. I guess that’s why the price of it has gone up 50% over the past year or so; others must be actually drinking it, too. The first aroma that came to mind was green bamboo. It got meatier and purple rather quickly, with some green cedar emerging. ‘So good’ came up repeatedly in my notes, and the palate dripped black fruits. Pinches of dust and citrus combined with furious rubber and great spice. Its green was so good, there it was again. Flavors of garden, bell pepper and brown sugar added up to ‘surprisingly delicious.’ This was definitely the best, young RC that I have ever had, and the only time I can remember one as young as this being certifiably enjoyable in every sense of the word. The only question I had about it was, will it ever get any better (96)?
(Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti) Yield 26.55 hl/ha - or 471 cases. Medium-pale colour. The nose is wide and deep, translucent rather than dense with quite pleasant stem notes. Bottle two seems to be have more depth and show a more floral, violet aspect. It's hard to point out specific attributes as there is that Romanée-Conti 'whole-ness' that provides such a measure of balance. Understated and precise, there is so much harmony and sophistication here. Certainly a wine for reflection rather than to impress.
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