From jerobaum. Pinkish red with amber rims. Seductive rose petal and floral scent mixed with fresh crushed strawberries. Superb balance of red forest fruits and sweet ripe tannins. Amazing layers of ever developing red fruit flavours. Surprisingly vibrant for a forty old. Legendary elegance.
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(DRC Grands Echezeaux) Dueling jeros were next; jeros of 1971 DRC Grands Echezeaux and 1971 DRC Richebourg. Like whoaaaaa. They were both fantastic bottles, and on this night, I gave the slightest of edges to the Grands Echezeaux, and Air Jordan, the Duchess of Bohr, agreed with me. They both were long and rich; both full of tar, rose and leather; both menthol on skates…but the Grands Ech had more power and stuffing. Obviously, this is not a universal occurrence when these two are served together, especially jeros, which probably have been served together maybe once, twice, three times a lady in the course of history? Who knows, could it have been the first time ever? History check, please. Airplane Eddie found the Richebourg ‘cleaner.’
(DRC Grands Echezeaux) I thought I was seeing double, but this time it was a magnum of 1971 DRC Grands Echezeaux. Many will say that the Domaine’s best value is this wine, which often rivals its bigger siblings when given a chance. This night was one of those nights, as the 1971’s first impression to me was ‘could be wine of the night.’ It was close, and it was all DRC and all ’71. Given how often I have written up both of those facts, you should know what that means by now :). Oh yeah, thanks to Todd and Eddie again, as always
(DRC Grands Echezeaux) A 1971 DRC Grands Echezeaux was next. I think I can, I think I can…I have said it over and over again, but it is tough for anyone to convince me that DRC can be any better than it was in 1971…ok maybe ’34. 1945, true…but after that, I am not sure I can be convinced! This was another great bottle. Grands Ech is usually the best bang for the buck in the DRC portfolio, sometimes even outshowing its ‘bigger’ siblings when tasted side-by-side. Gamy and rich, beefy yet citrusy, lean yet lush, the 1971 also had the expected earth, menthol, rose and rust
(DRC Grands Echezeaux) feels more resolved,' someone keenly observed. The nose was long and deep, shy and subtle yet beautiful. Aromas of rose, vitamins, a touch of stems and gorgeous raspberry and strawberry fruit dripped from its long nose.The palate was great, spicy with nice alcohol and good, stemmy flavors. The Grands Echezeaux is probably the best value in the whole DRC portfolio, always seeming to deliver an enjoyable experience although never reaching the heights of La Tache or Romanee Cont
(DRC Grands Echezeaux) This was sick wine. Wow!! Amazing aromas of underbrush, dark cherries, minerals, exotic spice. A new nuance every minute. Literally velvet on the palate with perfect symmetry and pretty perky acidity. Really profound stuff.
(DRC Grands Echezeaux) The wine had the spiny quality of 1971 (that.s a good thing), and Russell observed .the sweetness of .71,. while Allen picked up on some .sandalwood, cinnamon and clove.. Nicole was taken aback by the fact that .so much was going on here. in this great wine.s nose. Allen loved its .beautiful Asian spice in the nose. but was quick to question the palate, which had a singed quality, a burnt smokehouse edge to go with its citrus spine, brown sugar and caramel flavors. There was flesh on its nose and bones on its finish. Smoke, spice and spine summed it up quite well for this outstanding 1971, which Roy reminded me we had a great bottle of before as well, back in the Washington Park days