DRC Tasting at Classics Restaurant: Surprisingly light color. Initially a very red but rather primary nose of strawberry and, above all, exotic Vosne spices. Creamy and round on the palate with length that reveals hidden layers of spicy complexity. Develops a real violet kick on the finish and a perfumed nose that could be described as "chemical" much in the way (but obviously different) that a great Condrieu or Gewurtz can. Very feminine, very young, very 2002 in it's accessibility, and with a depth that few wines will ever achieve. ****+
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(Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti) The nose is rounder still than La Tâche, matching the width and depth but with extra high-tones at the top. Another wine whose nose strangely reduces in amplitude when swirled. Versus both the LT and the Richebourg there are less fireworks and a less obvious ‘look at me’ personality. This wine is tighter but does still have the edge in density. There’s no extra burst, but that tiny gap between the mid-palate and the finish is filled with more ‘command’ than any other wine into a spellbinding finish. Today, and in these glasses the overall experience is a notch below both the Richebourg and the LT but (directly comparing) well above the RSV. For the future there is extra promise but I really think I will need multiple bottles of each for further research ?
(DRC Romanee Conti) made me want to pull out a dozen clichés such as .the real deal,. .the same as it ever was,. .the best of the best.. The nose was unbelievably great, phenomenal, awe-inspiring and death-defying, if you will. It is really hard for a young wine to turn me on like this Romanee Conti (and Richebourg for that matter) did. What amazed me the most was how inviting and warm the fruit was in the nose. There was incredible depth of rose, plum, cassis and blackberry aromas. The wine was heavy, yet light on its feet as far as its nose was concerned. Ladies and gentlemen, the heavyweight champion of the worrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrld, Romanee Conti! (Applaud now). There were also stems, smoke, coal, forest and chocolate in the nose. The palate was rich, luscious, thick and seductively long. The wine kept getting more and more exotic, and although I assume that the wine will have to shut down in the bottle sooner or later, for the time being all I could say was .wow wow wow..
(DRC Romanee Conti) Wow. This was way more open than the La Tâche on the nose. Just an exotic spice bazaar with lots of perfume, flowers, cherries, blackberries, tar, leather, exotic herbal things. So much going on. Usually this is much shyer at this stage but today was really singing aromatically. Up there with the Richebourg and RSV as the red noses of the day. The palate was ripe, dense, spherical and had profund elegance. You get lost in your own mouth with RC in it. Like spider silk just caressing your palate with alot of density. Much bigger than the '01 or '00 RC. And wonderful concentration. This was great because it had more weight and breadth than the two eralier vintages but still had that uncanny elegance that is the trademark of the wine. Stunning. Will live a very very long time. One to get in large format
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