Pretty dark red in color, opened for 2 hours before serving. Nose with dark fruit, damp earth, leather and some residual oak and spices. Palate with a lot of kick and overall a powerful wine with some tannins in the back. Still very primary despite the age, very oaky by DRC standard, should cellar for another 3-5years to show its best.
Botlle decanted about 2 hours, took about one hour in the glass to fully develop its armoas, very elegant floral tones, layers of it and lasted very long in the glass, almost a pity to drink it. Palate was less impressive and hence the lower score.
Popped and poured. Very primary and very reserved. In retrospect this could do with a few hours of decanting. After a few glasses, this started to strut its stuff. The nose was the highlight here. Seductive rose petals, black cherries and a mélange of spices soared from the glass as it slowly revealed more of itself. The aromas were very precise. I could seriously nose this the whole day. On the palate this was noticably more serious. A calm wine waiting for you to approach it rather than the other way round. There's this stillness to it yet you can feel its presence (like the best Grand Crus). It was not about the weight as it was distinctively lilthe. Burghound nailed it when he describes it as having a "strict personality". This won't convert non-believers into Burgundy and one wonders when this will truly open up.
Tasted at the C&B dinner with A de Villaine 27 Jan 2011. According to ADV '95 vintage was cold and rainy till June with a heatwave in August, stress to the vines stopped maturation. Rain in September brought Botrytis but was saved by the sun just before picking. only Echezaux needed sorting.
Very Vibrant cherry, vanilla and chocolate nose, forward tannins. Savoury spice box, licorice in the mouth v masculine. Needs time lots more to go to, could become quite amazing. nearly Barbaresco Gaya like
Very powerful wine. Deep color. Massive black fruits, earth, and a finish that won't quit. The finish is quite elegant, despite the power of this wine. This wine was decanted for an hour before serving, and kept softening up over time so I don't expect this one to go away anytime soon -- drink or hold. A-
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg) Slightly cloudy, bricking light medium red color with clear meniscus; tart red fruit and mushroom nose; sappy, dense tart red fruit, mineral, and tobacco palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (needs 5-7 more years)
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