Brown red in color, slightly murky. Nice secondary nose with loads of VR spices, plums, herbs and tea. Rounded palate with good remaining fruit, layers of flavors, good balance, and decent drive for the bottle age. Drinking very well now, mature but not oxidised, will not improve but very lovely.
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.
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(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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