To give context I try to use the entire 100 point scale so my scores tend to me on the low side but as I think this was a truly outstanding wine I am giving it a 97. Opened 5 bottles for our Fall Chapitre. Each bottle was extremely consistent. On opening the wines were like tightly coiled springs. Very tight on the nose and palate with incredible complexity which was almost too dense to get a clear sense of. The wines were served about 2 hours later and had opened up beautifully with wonderful red fruit notes, great balance on the palate and fantastic finish. There was considerable discussion about whether this was the right time to open this wine but there is no doubt that it is a thing of beauty now. The difficult decision is whether to open our 7 other bottles in 5 or 10 more years...
Didn't quite fire like the last bottle I tasted in the woods earlier this summer but this is pure elegance with lovely cherry fruit and an ethereal texture. Finishes soft and complex and seems quite ready tonight. It just got lost a little sandwiched between the '96 Leflaive Chevalier and the '82 Haut Brion. Understandable.
I'm not always the biggest fan of this bottling but this '95 surprised me. Granted, it was drunk out in the woods with rib roast and game bird so it was showing it's best. To me it is perfectly mature now and all about elegance, cherry perfume and the ethereal texture of Burgundy. The layers of soft, complex, creamy cherry pinot fruit combined with the woodsy barnyard (in a good, clean way) flavors of the soil made this float over the flavors of the food in a match made in heaven. Never the most complex wine, but the flavors and texture of this wine on this night were out of this world.
1970 DRC Horizontal...and Friends (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): Black fruit with good spice and perfume on the nose. Palate doesn't follow through as well with the same fruit quality, although it shows good spice. Dense and structure for right now, I'd hold onto this for another decade before trying again. Unlike many 1995s, I wasn't really fearful of the fruit disappearing waiting for structure to balance, but this is still more "structured" than "fun" for now.
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Echezeaux) Pale bricking red color with clear meniscus; lovely, mature, sweet strawberry, mushroom, spices and roses nose; tart, mature, strawberry and lime palate with good grip; medium-plus finish
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