Lunch with Anthony Hall and Friends (Coppin Grove, Melbourne, Australia): This was very much a typical middle-aged Richebourg, meaning that it was very impressive without being particularly alluring. For one thing, it had a pretty nice, if rather reserved nose, with rather ripe scents of black cherries and berries at the fore, little bits of meat and earth, and then some spice and rose petals at the sides. Still very tight I thought. The palate was as archetypally Richebourg as one could imagine. Clearly a wine of power, it had a firm, muscular structure of slightly powdery tannins and deeply buried acidity that formed a serious spine beneath deep, broad-shouldered flavours of black cherries and berries. Very impressive in its scale, but not particularly beautiful at the moment unfortunately. There was definitely some secondary development, with nice notes of spice and herb and meat, along with a patina of preserved red fruits in a softer, rounder, but still very long finish. However, this wine clearly needs another 4-5 years in the cellar at least; it will probably go one aging for a long time beyond that too. It should be a really solid wine when it hits its stride, but it was just shy of being really enjoyable at the moment.
Wednesday Night Burgundies (Bar Boulud): There was disagreement about this bottle with some people complaining of volatile acidity. I didn't notice any whatsoever, though I was willing to concede it was somewhat disappointing relative to expectations. It had some interesting tertiary things going on with a salty meatiness as well as some mealy flavors and a touch of spice, but there was a really thick sheath of tannin constricting the whole thing and making it a bit difficult to make out the details.
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