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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Lake Como, 12/7/2009 DQ points

    (DRC Grands Echezeaux) The next wine was unfortunately corked, and it was a 1971 DRC Grands Echezeaux, in honor of my birth year. Rats
  • By John Kapon
    Roaring Twenties, 6/10/2009 96J points

    (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.’
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2009, Part III, 3/7/2009 97 points

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  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2008 III, 3/30/2008 97 points

    (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
  • By John Kapon
    A Week of Golden Cellar Drinking, 11/3/2007 95 points

    (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
  • By John Kapon
    Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005, 11/22/2005 94 points

    (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

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  • By Lyle Fass
    5/21/2005, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (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.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee, 3/28/2005 96 points

    (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
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee, 3/28/2005 96 points

    (DRC Grands Echezeaux) which was consistently outstanding as last night.s magnum. You know it is a good weekend when you have any 1971 DRC wine out of magnum and three-liter on consecutive nights

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