A wine of almost religious splendor. A proper tasting note can only be crafted in Latin:
Vinum pulchritudine praecellebat. Aurea et exquisita. Gustavi saepius ista, et nusquam erat attonitus tanto minus perfectum. De naribus, est redolens nox Aenean-comantem, et tamquam mollis aer texta est quod defert ut odorem. Est aetherea, intactilis omnibus rebus optimum in vita. Unius Provinciae olim noctes admonitus, cum de fenestra patefacta amet, sola scientia crevit furor momentum quod etiam finem, et in illo veterasce tempus est caro pueri. Cano, libet lamentari quisque recessit sorbere.
La Paulee Gala (San Francisco CA): La Paulee Gala. Big powerful fruit with lots of spice and fat. Emerging hint of secondary character adds charm. I would have been completely stunned by this wine's harmony and greatness if not for the 1985 DRC Montrachet poured 5 minutes earlier into one of my other glasses.
This is where the honor system broke down and some in attendance poured more than their share and were subjected to group discipline. A once in a lifetime opportunity was more than up to expectations as this wine filled the room with extraordinary aromas of hot, roasted, buttered popcorn. The taste and finish was clearly the finest white wine tasting experience I've had in this monumental tasting at The Wine Merchant, Beverly Hills, CA.
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(DRC Montrachet) The 1978 DRC Montrachet was spectacular as always. I have had this wine a half-dozen times in my life, and if there is a better DRC Montrachet, then I haven’t had it. JJ noted ‘milk house,’ and there was more power here in this ’78 than either of its predecessors, even though it was older. Musky goodness, fire and creamed corn were in its richer nose, which had nice toast and a smoky sex appeal. The palate was great with rich, buttery flavors, an oily palate and a long finish with the acidity of the previous two wines combined. This was special stuff. Its stalky flavors had lots of corn, too, along with lots of mountainous qualities. It was so rich and concentrated, with great musk and a lot of personality. While I have had 99 point bottles of this wine, this was ONLY (97).JB concurred, and he would know.
(DRC Montrachet) I had had one nearly a year ago with Aubert de Villaine in Paris that was almost perfection, and this came very close. Bob noted its ‘sweet corn’ right away, and its pure nose had incredible complexity, with layers of skin, nuts, palm, oil, musk, fruit and tropical honey. Long, smooth and pure, it was class in a glass
(DRC Montrachet) from Wolf's cellars. The wine had an amazing nose and was still possibly the best white wine I have ever had. Wolf's bottle was perfect, amazingly sweet and buttery in its nose with supporting honey, nut and oil. It was deep, long, fat and balanced and had big-time minerals. A botrytis debate developed between Bipin and Aubert about whether there was botrytis in the '78 or not. Bipin felt there was a touch in not only the '78 but also the '71, a claim which Aubert vehemently denied. Wolfgang changed the topic, admiring the '78 and finding it "like being wrapped in feathers." The palate was rich, mouth-filling, long and still young, and its acidity lingered in my belly for an incredible amount of time. There was a small tribute to Bipin by Wolf for introducing him to Burgundy a long time ago, which Wolf called "the epitome of pleasure." The Montrachet had great earth flavors and terroir, and that terroir of Montrachet was clearly evident. There was a touch of benevolent root vegetable flavors, and Wolf likened drinking this wine to a "hole in one - you need a witness." Bipin called the DRC Montrachet "the only white wine that can match the intensity of a red wine." The food made the acidity stand out even more and this was certainly a spectacular experience
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