End of 2014 wines: Served blind. Similar impressions to my previous note. A beautiful, multi-layered nose of spices, perfumes, dark florals and red and black berries. A predominantly red berry fruit palate, with spices and floral notes, but extremely complex. A lighter style but nervous with real precision and focus, coupled with energy and drive. The vintage has given higher acids, but they are gorgeous, sparkling acids. Grand Cru level dry extract and power. A very fine and elegant wine. Definitely in its drinking window now, but with years to go, of course.
Next to the La Tache and Richebourg, this seemed simpler and slightly disjointed. On its own, I am sure I would have rated it higher. Great spice, a slight green pepper note and mark dark fruit. Long finish.
Andrew's and Howard's birthday dinner (Hippopotamus Restaurant, Wellington): Deep garnet colour. And wow, what a gorgeous nose! A full spectrum of aromas: spice, perfume, violets and other dark flowers, sweet, dark cherries and other red and black fruits ... very aromatically complex. Another wine where you just want to take it in the corner and sniff it for half an hour. On the palate, this wine is hugely intense, large scaled but very focused. Quite explosive on the palate. The palate shows some evolution and is in a lighter style with sappy and spicy flavours (the latter partly from the oak, not yet fully integrated). Multi-layered with a complex flavour profile. Nick said he chose this DRC for its combination of the forward vintage and the site, notwithstanding Burghound indicating a drinking window from 2019. Accessible now, but this wine will improve in the medium term in the cellar, no doubt. Thanks very much Nick.
This is always a favorite and this did not disappoint although from a far from perfect year. Decanted for a couple of hours and that gave the wine plenty of time to impress with the typical DRC nose. This was served blind and was up against a formidable oppponent that many held suprisingly as the better - Domaine de la Cote La Cote from 2011. I think the La Cote won on the nose but the DRC has more of a stringent mineral backbone to it. But there is also a substantial price difference and I really hope that Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman can keep the price of their brilliant wines at this level but doubt it as more and more people discover this Grand Cru. Nevertheless a decent flight of Pinots :)
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(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) And I will write up the other two wines we had at DRC. 2007 was an early topic of conversation for us, and curiosity got to Aubert, who wanted to revisit an ’07 from the cellar after our glowing review of the Dujac. The 2007 DRC Romanee St. Vivant was fuller than the average 2007, in a league of its own kind of way. Blacker in fruit, and much more reserved, it whispered ‘behemoth.’ About as serious as ’07 can get, the RSV wanted us to come back and see it again later, as in a few years later (94).
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