From a very cold cellar bought on release. Some browning. Nose jumped from the glass from the start. Asian spice, floral/stem notes. Very elegant style with red fruits. Complex. Balanced and long. A very good bottle. 95
Knightsbridge Night at Next, El Bulli Menu (Next - Chicago IL): Great fill, great color, although the cork fell part into the bottle. Good aromatic start combines floral and earthy elements with some lingering red fruit. Palate is also mostly earthy with remaining red fruit and very good baking spice. Clearly mature and at least a decade past its peak, this had moderate length and intensity.
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(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) The third flight began with a wine that would have exceeded expectations and went beyond its boundaries. SuperSomm noted, ‘fresh raspberry and peach smoothie with a touch of something naughty.’ I was definitely in the Burgundy camp, ‘1971-ish,’ I wrote. If it wasn’t 1971, it had to be 1969 Rousseau, the only wine from that vintage that showed the same freshness, citricity, rose and acidity. The palate was wow times two, long and fantastic. Rose and citricity dominated, and I was stunned to see this be a 1969 DRC Romanee St. Vivant. Many 1969 DRC’s are on the drier and autumnal side, but this was a magical bottle and the greatest 1969 I have ever had, except for Rousseaus, the wines of the vintage without question (96).