Darker and denser than the Rouget CP. Darker fruit, spice, some smoke on the nose. More red fruit and rose petals on the palate. Lean, but sweet and open. More perfumed with more air. Excellent grip, did not have the finesse of the CP. Medium ++ finish.
Still some red to the colour, and even a hint of primary fruit on the nose. Actually not very expressive on the nose, this bottle was all about the superb tannins--long and fine if not silky. Medium weight. Drinking well and perhaps over the next 5 or even 10 years.
Fabulous nose of cherry-violet-smoke and perfumed earth. On the palate, it has a great silky texture and a bit of effervescence. High-toned and lean but showing some intense flavors of spicy cherry and sweet earth. Finishes refined and elegant and finely concentrated with complex mineral notes. Really fresh and still on the adolescent side.
A few stars from dinner (Lake Forest, IL): Far more approachable than a 95 LaTache a few weeks ago. Very perfumed red fruit on the nose that was surprisingly also showing a good deal of secondary character, much more than I'd expect for a 1995 today. Palate was exactly the same - gobs of red fruit, lots of mushroom and good spice. Moderate length mostly showcasing the spice. A real success for the vintage, since I find lots of 95s with structure that will outlast any remnant of fruit in the wine. I'd be drinking the RSV sooner rather than later if this bottle is representative.
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant) Medium cherry color with sediment and pale meniscus; gorgeous raspberry and tart cherry nose; tasty, tart cherry, raspberry, spice palate with depth and good acidity; long finish
(Romanee St. Vivant DRC) dusty, cherry fruit with lighter leather and earth, as well as sweet tobacco and a splash of cocoa powder and milk. The palate was stony and spiny with a leathery and cedary intensity consistent with the vintage