Richebourg and RSV dinner at Ripple (Ripple Restaurant in DC): Very polished nose displaying beautifully layered red fruits, raspberry and cherry, flowers, sweet delicate spices, tree bark and earth. Delicate and polished palate, nicely layered fresh and vibrant fruit expression, good acidity, nicely integrated tannins and long finish. This is a very pretty wine that nicely expresses the terroir. Perhaps a Richebourg version of Le Musigny.
Dinner with Véro and Bertrand - Somewhat underwhelmed by this wine, was it opened too early in it's life course (in spite of being decanted 2 hours before)? The wine smelled clearly of black fruits, slightly plummy and loads of spices. Bertrand pointed that it could have been a Rhône, and he was absolutely right. The palate was clearly on the strong side, mouth-filling with loads of tannins and great length. A wine with "cojones" for one of the lady's first vintages in command..?
This wine started off the evening with a rather muddled dark fruit nose that was somewhat muted. By the end of the evening the wine was absolutely soaring with finely delineated dark fruit flavors, with soy and tons of Vosne spice. This wine is still early in its evolution and could use 5 more years of bottle age to reach its peak. Drank next to 98 Grivot Richbourg. The Gros was a much more refined, classy wine.
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