DRC Dinner 1 (Sydney, Australia): The most incredibly ethereal nose I've encountered on a wine in recent memory, these were aromas that required serious contemplation - fragrant cherry, raspberry, rose petals, subtle earth and spices, then there is a surging minerality that carries onto the palate. The palate is elegant and has such purity, but then there is stunning depth at the same time, almost more than should be possible from a wine with such finesse. I had this lingering impression of fragility as it is so delicately and perfectly balanced. While it was clearly at an incredibly youthful stage of its life - this is a harmonious and wonderful wine even now.
Slightly lighter colour – more pure cherry red here, only just medium. Nose is penetrating and perfumed: spice and flowers at the front, but also really deep and with a haunting (menthol ?) edge to it, and a touch of well-hung game beneath. Lovely flair. Unassuming mouth entry – just medium weight, and with perfect balance. Mid-palate shows pretty red berry fruit and floral touches. Clean and sweet and harmonious. Supremely elegant. Wonderful finish – sweet, harmonious and floral – must last at least a minute. 5-
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(DRC Romanee Conti) The 2006 DRC Romanee Conti was neither last nor least. It was much more sensual and elegant than the LT in the nose, with more subtlety and complexity, though. It was more toasty, with aromas of cinnamon, baked bread, stemmy goodness, black cherry and also a glazed goodness. The palate had incredible spice and foresty fun; it hit the highest note on the piano. There was a divine delicacy to the RC, its palate endless like a ballerina who never leaves its toes. Aubert noted the ‘justability’ of the RC versus the ‘masculinity’ of the RC.
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