Lovely sous bois and dark fruit nose. Dark fruits follow onto the palate, somewhat somber, incredible depth. Balance is perfect, with lifted acidity carrying into the finish. Three way tie for WOTN. More feminine than the '96 DRC Richebourg it was served next to.
A bit tight upon opening but developed into a very enjoyable wine after an hour or two. Getting into its drinking window, but still some integration ahead if you keep it longer. Oak noticeable on the nose early on. Somewhat higher acidity resulting from the vintage. Complex aromas that evolve in the glass. Intense earthy palate. An excellent wine.
Very interesting comparison with the '96 Arnoux RSV. This DRC was more obvious, more fruity, a bigger wine. Loads of. Black cherry, sweet on the nose but not on the palate. Relatively viscous and broad yet a touch austere due to acidity. No evolution in the glass over two hours, so this may continue to develop with further bottle age. Not as fragrant as I hoped but still quite delicious.
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(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) The DRC had an unmatched level of nuance and complexity to the nose. It was deep, rich and thick as a brick both aromatically and on the palate. Menthol emerged in a great way; this wine was impressive city.
(Romanee St. Vivant DRC) as I wrote .here we go again with a DRC and Leroy finale.. The nose was full of iron, stems, menthol, rose and cedar. The palate was long and dusty, fine with long acids. It was still shut down a bit on its dusty and minerally palate
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