Oldies but goodies!: The second bottle of the night appeared and tasted much younger. More red fruit of strawberry and raspberry. I may even describe it as relatively young. Gorgeous with the cheese course and so different than the first bottle which had a more mature profile.
Oldies but goodies!: First bottle fill at about shoulder. Upon opening, could smell the mushrooms and earth slowly exit the bottle. In the glass, it as pure rustic pleasure. Equal weight to the loam, earthiness and mature delicate pinot fruit. Really went well with the mushroom soup.
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(DRC La Tache) A 1976 DRC La Tache set the stage for what would be a mainly Bordeaux night, and it had a great nose. 1976s can be instant charmers but not be last-longers, so to speak, and I predicted this would be great for about 30+ minutes before disappearing into the air. I guess one could say that ’76 Burgs are great first kissers lol. There was sweet musk and black cherry fruit along with nice stalk, forest and a pinch of menthol in the nose. The palate was full of autumnal fruit flavors, round and balanced, with traces of earth, tea and dust on its finish (93).
(DRC La Tache) The 1976 DRC La Tache was nutty and gamy, less pungent but with similar qualities to the Richebourg. There was more style, more elegance and more reserve here, but it was still autumnal in its personality. It was thicker and longer than the Richebourg. Both had a lot of ‘toffee’ per Bipin, and Paul chipped in how ‘both are drinking beautifully right now’
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Unfortunately our planned bottle of 1971 was corked, so this was the back-up bottle. Consistent colour with 86 and 78. Slightly mineral nose, some sweetness, smokey bacon covered with caramel coupled with fresh higher tones. The acidity is not quite so refined as the others - parallel here with the hot vintage and 1997 - and the tannins still have a grainy texture, but the fruit has real intensity. A very interesting bottle that (again) like the 1997 took on more balance with aeration and time. A very worthy backup.
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