Very classic for DRC Montrachet, which is a big and over-the-top type of wine - which I always find strange and in stark contrast to the Domaine's reds, which are so refined and elegant. I found this very impressive and yet it was a bit obtuse and overly sweet for me. Yet, it is a powerful Montrachet.
Much darker than the 02, or the 95 and 96 for that matter. More approachable and easier to understand. This was all about pleasure, still with a ton of complexity, but less going on than the other wines in the lineup. A huge wafting nose butterscotch, some nuttiness and almost a hint of oxidation that blew off in short order. This was a wine whose ML was very prominent. Soft and very round, like drinking butter (and I mean that in the best possible way), and with all this density, it was still very mineral driven, with white flowers coming out over time, and with an almost oily texture that was completely carried off by the depth and structure. Not heavy at all, with some Kaffir lime acidic presence. A wine giving great pleasure at this moment, but the least complicated of the bottlings.
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(DRC Montrachet) We brought things full circle with a 1997 DRC Montrachet. The first thing that I thought was that this was the second-best Montrachet of the night, and it was. There was force in its nose, which was rippling with minerals, and plenty of citrus to back that thing up. This was a powerful Montrachet, and while there was a hint of botrytis, it was deliciously there, and the 1997 was long and racy without the race track. It stood up to the two incredible reds served beforehand (95).
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