Wow. I was not disappointed. Always a bit nervous when pulling the corks on these older wines. The cork was soaked, black. But we scored a hit. Totally tertiary with beautiful autumnal notes. Great depth and mid palate. Rich, complex, nice fruit and a long, long sweet finish.
Great Dinner Wines (Healesville Victoria): brilliant wine. Only slightly overshadowed by the brilliance of two wines of a lifetime. This was singing! A beautifully mature Marey Monge with elegance, grace and no lack of substance. Still got a few years left in it but drinks beautifully now so why wait any longer?
A (Mostly) Burgundy Dinner after HDH Burgundy Auction (Naha - Chicago IL): Marey-Monge label of course. From magnum with a well depressed cork, but it had a firm seal. Fill ~5-6 cm. Served blind. Charming old Burg, but nobody in the group correctly identified this as Vosne-Romanee. Great earth aromas and flavors more prominent than the remaining black and red fruit. Modest spice. Good textures and finesse, but I found it more interesting than exciting. Held up well over the course of several hours.
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(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) had a beautiful nose as well, full of strawberry fruit, ice cream kisses and a vanilla creaminess. Rich, long, seductive and sexy, the RSV was unbelievably tasty and long, with the best acidity so far and a tasty minerality
(Romanee St. Vivant Marey-Monge (DRC)) was the finale to this disappointing flight. It was more mature than other wines I have had from this vintage from DRC with a beefy, stewed nose and aromas of duck sauce, spice, flowers and baked bread. The palate was excellent with lots of intensity and tremendous expression on the finish. The bottle still seemed a touch advanced for the vintage with its browned flavors, though, accompanied by citrus, oat, leather and brown sugar. There was nice balance and texture here, but I couldn.t help but think this bottle had also been affected somewhere along the way in its thirty-four years
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