Agree with the drinking window. This wine although it is approachable now has a long life ahead of it. Having had many examples of Gaudichots, I am always amazed at how well Gaudichots (and La Tache) ages. I would not open another bottle until this wine is 15+ years old.
Surprisingly this bottle was stunningly elegant which is a result of the 2002 vintage because I typically find Gaudichots to be an imposing wine- robust and burley in its youth.
In short, there is a harmony in this wine that imparts stunning elegance even in its adolescence. Everything is perfectly in place. Can't wait to enjoy the next 4 bottles over the next 15 years. As Meadows says, "Class in the glass."
Lovely, pretty nose with some nice minerality behind rich, dark fruits. A strong bacon like note came out after a while. Lingers on the palate with strong tannin though slightly disjointed. I think this really still needs time to integrate and the bacon might indicate some smokey oak. My fav on the flight though.
10 year retrospective tasting at Conrad's (Conrad Green): Dried earth and leaves, a bit tart berry fruit and earthy-stemmy; medium high acidity but with good balance and structure. Seems musty and not worthy of Grand Cru or Grand Cru adjacent. Others enjoyed this but I couldn't get over the light mustiness--could have been faulty in my opinion. Maybe 90-91 to be generous.
Opened 4 hours before serving, 2 of which were in a decanter. Very dense, powerful aromatics of crushed red and black raspberry. Black cherry as well, with dense brown baking spices. The oak is showing a bit in the aromatics as well. The same berry and cherry fruit flavors come through on the palate. Moderate spice on the midpalate with a firm backbone. Medium plus weight with a long, gripping, spicy finish. I look forward to checking in again down the road.
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(Potel Nicolas Vosne-Romanée Les Gaudichots) Deeper ruby-red colour vs the 02 DRC 1er. The nose is sweeter with a hint of oak and cedar and perhaps just a trace of volatility. Beautiful texture, opens out over the palate very well. This wine in isolation a rather good, next to the DRC it's lacking focus and precision. There is more density and intesity but not quite the length of the DRC. Today this comes a distant second, it will be interesting to make the test again in another ten years or so.
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