Vosne-Romanee Grand Crus for Michael and Peter's Birthdays (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): The first, and clearly the oldest of the Romanée St. Vivant flight - I think we all picked it out correctly as the 1989 DRC. Overall, a very pleasurable wine, but neither the strongest RSV I have had in recent times, nor even the strongest in the flight. There was a lovely, mature ring to its nose, with a little touch of funky earth and boiled herb and sous bois chasing rich, sweet notes of flowers, dark cherries and plums and a dusting of wild berry aromas, all muddled together in a rich, warmly inviting fragrance. Quite lovely. The palate was delicious and drinking very nicely, with soft tannins and a touch of juicy acidity framing matured flavours of dark cherries, plums and blackberries, with earthy shades as a backdrop. The finish faded just a tad, drifting off with a charming kiss of warm Chinese herbs and a little dash of Vosne spice; and I thought this lacked a bit of cut and elegance, coming across even a tad rustic for an RSV, with the rather lower acidity of the vintage standing out somewhat. Overall though, a very nice wine, really yummy, even if it was not particularly brilliant. I would start drinking this up around now if I had any.
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