It's a lesser year, but I'm still a great deal excited for my very first DRC. Pours slightly tawny colored, no doubt on its way to a more light brownish hue. From the aging it is also a bit dim.
At this stage the wine is wide open and wholly aromatic. The weirdest and perhaps coolest occurrence about this wine is the lengthy nose (?!). A bouquet that literally keeps on tumbling by the nostrils for seconds, even once you've put your glass down. As other Vosne-Romanée's I've tasted since, DRC's Echezeaux '82 reeks with that fragrant perfume and insistent intensity. Other aromas consists of super ripe, almost fallen, strawberries along with herbs, slightly burnt minerality and a tertiary gaminess.
On the palate the wine is truly soft with a highly concentrated fruit. The body is medium-bodied, in other words, just right. The tannins are delicate and elegant at this moment, turning soft that beggars description. There's a ghost-like sweetness from the strawberry fruit characteristic, further enlightened by the substantial perfumed flavor intensity. Much to my concurrence, the wine finishes lengthy with a lingering floral sensation.
So my conclusion? In my glass I clearly have Grand Cru-juice from an exemplar stored with care. Despite reading about the 82's compromised longevity, this holds up just vaguely past its best. Whereas my score may not reflect my satisfaction from tasting this wine, I'm still impressed. In impartiality and as far as price goes, Echezeaux '82 is Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's cheapest wine, from a supposedly mediocre vintage. The legendary producer brings balance, complexity, tremendous concentration and illustrious typicity - possibly superior to many others of the same vineyard. http://quaffable.org/?p=248
It turns out that the 1982 vintage in Burgundy was mediocre. Most observers agree. This means that even the most accomplished winemakers (and surely DRC is one of these, if not simply the most famous) will have struggled to make half-decent wines, and that their longevity would have been severely compromised. Add to that the fact that this bottle was not cellared, but kept in an attic, with the resulting consequences for temperature fluctuation and humidity, and you have what I tasted here. It was an evenly spread brownish colour, very little sediment, having lost all hint of youthful hue or vigour. The nose, remarkably, had some redeeming features: a gentle aroma of violets and truffles and perhaps a touch of tobacco. But the wine was tasteless - it had vanished completely. Perhaps a very distant hint of raspberry, and a very mild acidity. Essentially, not worth rating, but an historical curiosity, nothing more. Should have been consumed no later than 1987.
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