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  • By John Kapon
    1947 Bordeaux, 6/13/2007 94 points

    (DRC Montrachet) There was a backup bottle, and even though we technically did not need a backup, Mark pulled the cork without hesitation. That was a good thing, as it was a 1976 DRC Montrachet. Its nose was sweet and minty, exotically sweet like a guava. Tom added, ‘green honeydew melon,’ and corn was there as well. Tom also noted an ‘iron element.’ The palate was big-time; buttery and rich with a minerally dry finish. It was an impressive ’76 and had me wondering if the whites might have an edge over the reds in this decent, yet not incredibly desirable vintage. Dave, our birthday boy, noted, ‘rich, silky, spicy, cloves.’ Sweet caramel also came out in this excellent white
  • By John Kapon
    Los Angeles Quarterly, 10/12/2005 90 points

    (DRC Montrachet) The second white was clearly the oldest in this flight based on its color. It had a waxy nose with a stewed nuttiness to it. Additional aromas of straw, vegetable oil and oak were also present in its layered nose. The palate was heavy, woodsy, thick and long with a big, brawny finish, a bit clumsy overall, complicated but clumsy. There was slight oxidation from what Rudy guessed as a 'hot vintage.

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