Acquerello dinner-La Paulee SF 2012: I had the wonderful opportunity last evening to add a wine to my all time top 10. As part of several 'pre LP' dinners, a most generous guest opened a mag of 52 RC. As others in the party were watching and holding their breath while the cork was gently removed in tact, there was a moment of silence while the generous donor took the first sip. After a few seconds....a vigorous YES!!! All applauded and pours went around. The aromatics from the get go was ethereal. Sous bois, spice, and wonderfully complex. On the palate, wonderful texture and sweetness and again complexity one can only get in a wine of this stature. Is was the first RC produced after the vines were ripped up in 45. This is what burgundy is all about. Now, let LP begin
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(DRC Romanee Conti) The next bottle took center stage and was ultimately one of the top three or four wines of the night, if not wine number one, this jeroboam of 1952 DRC Romanee Conti. Not too many people have these bottles to even think about bringing, but Big Boy is one of them, and his generosity was on full display with this incredible bottle. ‘Wooooooooooo’ celebrated the ‘King of the Business’ after one sniff. The ’52 was spot on, exactly as I remembered it to be. Its nose was perfect, showing off the spice and spine that makes ’52 so special a vintage. Its concentration out of jeroboam was spectacular. Earthy, tangy and gamy aromas all spanked by citrus were fresh and forward. Its divine aromatics carried over to the palate, which was thick, creamy, decadent and again divine. It was incredibly complex, showing the A1 and the citrus flavors of great older Burgundy. This was the first wine I had to go for seconds, which would signify the beginning of my own personal decline despite the heights that the ’52 achieved.
(DRC Romanee Conti) was also affected, more a touch than a complete DOA like the ’53. Its nose was on the mature side, and its palate rich, creamy and still tasty. As Bipin put it, ‘this young vines RC has slight oxidation, but its structure and sweetness are extraordinary’
(Romanee Conti) Chunks of ripe tomatoes dripped out of this beefy and gamy wine, covered with a gravy that only a Burgundy could have. It was 'dripping Prime Rib,' Rob concurred, and the wine was rich like Trump and long like&like&like&let's just call it long. With enough breed for the Kentuck Derby, this thoroughbred of a wine left no doubt as to what was the wine of the night. What is so amazing about the '52 is how it was the first vintage of RC with the young vines after they tore up the vineyard after the 1945 vintage. I guess greatness doesn't always have to come from old vines
(Romanee Conti) Thank God I got up and around just for a glass of this wine. It was killer, with unbelievable texture, layers and finesse, exquisitely balanced, dripping with fruit and kissed by oat and nut flavors. This was the first vintage of Romanee Conti since 1945, when they had to replant the vineyard, which made this wine all the more impressive
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