Multi facetted nose with bits of roses, hoisin, and pure floral Pinot. That's currently the strongest point. The wine is still somewhat tight now - so believe this needs a lot more time. But a real treat even now.
A very pretty, delineated nose of red cherry base with suggestions of hard candy, trapist ale-like, confectionary aromas of mint, woodland aromas, clove, cinnamon, floral tones and strong incense, spices that all come to the forefront very quickly and are sharply delineated but are changing so rapidly, that you cannot pick out one dominating aroma. The aromatics are so diverse yet so vivid but one never feels overwhelmed (but almost laugh as if its some silly mind game) but gracious by very warm, inviting organic based aromas coupled with a gorgeous purity of fruit. It is as if all the flavors are moving on fast-forward speed moving in and out of transition so quickly. The aromas changed with every whiff but remained well focused and relatively open-knit. The palate is juicy with well defined freshness on top of deep red cherry and black cherry flavors of medium (-) to medium body. The midpalate is silky and round with perfect balance and purity of fruit. Primary on the palate still but lots of potential.
Brick red, touch of separation at the rim, looks older than it is. Ah but no fear, nose is highly intriguing, surprisingly open, honeysuckle, tomato, beef (?!), touch of apple and pear. Just when you think you nail down a smell, it changes again, something else comes up. Truly an amazing experience. Not rich or heavy in the mouth but waves and waves of flavour and length. Totally in balance, only a hint of tannins and still a little closed. Aubert thought the 96s need more time and who am I to argue with the co-gerant! A very generous 8 (!) bottles opened at the dinner. Not sure that happens or will happen too many times on the planet!
The 1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti opened up all luscious, giving and sweet and then tightened in the glass. There was a thread of liquorice running through the aroma and flavour profile coupled with pomegranate Asian spices, sweet cherry and sandalwood. As the wine breathed the structural elements pushed the fruit back a little.
A very complex nose but with a touch of the toilet bowl... weird. Notably dark color. Wow - on the palate there is such concentrated fruit that it is really amazing. It was noted that the 1996 Romanée-Contis are spotty but this bottle has greatness - lovely acidity. Aubert noted a touch of reduction. Fantastic wine, really lovely overall presentation, sappy and long
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