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.
Knightsbridge 2009 Burgundy Tasting Highlights (Northbrook, IL): Black cherry aromas with some perfume hints (some whole cluster?). Dense black cherry and blackberry flavors with modest spice and firm structure. Elegance is just starting to emerge. I have one bottle (from the same case as the bottle opened today) and will try to keep my corkscrew off it until 2020.
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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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