Popped and poured. It took 45 mins of aeration to come around. It was accessible tonight and easier to open up than the 01 Richebourg. The color was darker than the Richebourg. It was a masculine DRC with dark fruit, mint, herbs, spices, wild berries, and stones on the nose. With some time, the sweetness emerged on the palate. Overall, the wine was very complex with a lot of power. Its surprisingly accessible today, but no rush to open now. I think it has just entered its drinking window and it will last for 10 years.
Glorious aromas leap out of the glass from the first whiff. Happy faces all around the table as people bury their noses in the glass and smile. The tannins are very soft, an elegant wine that's easy to drink at this stage. Some complained that the finish wasn't as long as they'd prefer, but I found the finish to be quite long -- albeit soft. This isn't a power wine, it's all elegance and softness. I love this wine.
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(Romanée-Conti Grands-Echézeaux) Medium, medium-plus cherry red colour. The nose is a little less extrovert than the Échézeaux. It starts with powdery red fruit - no raspberry - but moves on to give a deeper and sweeter black cherry aspect coupled with a little earth. The palate gives the impression of more density and a blacker tone to the fruit. The acidity is first class and that tannins show a velvet touch. On the finish this shows less like the Montrachet/Échézeaux with pure fruit lingering well. Whilst still a backward wine, this shows much better than in January and you can easily see that although it is a little less 'flashy' than the Échézeaux, it also has more potential.
(Romanée-Conti Grands-Echézeaux) Again a medium, medium-plus cherry red colour. Where the Échézeaux was 'broad' in the nose, this is more focused though giving-up less. Higher toned with more maraschino cherry. The palate shows higher acidity and again, svelte, discrete tannin. The palate is also more focused and deep, though less 'broad' than the Échézeaux. There's similar outstanding length, but to start with the wine doesn't have the overall appeal of the Échézeaux. Slowly the nose starts to develop a wide, subtly spicy undertone (takes more than 10 minutes in the glass) which also starts to increase in depth. The palate is unchanging. I tried the second bottle and there was more obvious oak - though transient. This showed a little more depth than before and even a black edge to the fruit on the finish.
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