We decanted this magnum of 2002 DRC Montrachet for several hours, and the wine only gained in expressiveness, volume and purity during that time. A stunning bouquet of pear, green apple, preserved peach, tangerine oil and other citrus fruits, inflected with botrytis, bursts from the glass, followed by a palate impression of incredible intensity, searing minerality, and amazing volume. Broad and glossy but in no way corpulent, this is a unique white wine.
Wines Tasted at HDH Auction (Tru Restaurant - Chicago IL): Very dark color for its age. Advanced and caramelized tropical fruit aromas. Great lush fruit on palate, bordering between ripe tropical and stone fruit flavors. Great concentration but very advanced. If served blind, I would have thought this perhaps a decade older. I am obviously glad this bottle was opened today and i had the opportunity to taste it; it also would have been terrible for this bottle to be cellared another decade and evolve in an unattractive direction. For me, the fundamental raw materials came across as a "95 point" wine, but its maturity and advancement make me consider this a "92 or 93 point" wine today.
Bottle No. 01297 Tasting along with 1993 Chevalier Montrachet : Leflaive, 1996 Batard Montrachet : Louis Jadot, 1997 Bienvenue Batard Montrachet : Louis Carillon, 2006 Criots Batard Montrachet : Henri Boillot and 2005 Corton Charlemagne : Simon Bize with 1 red wine 1995 Nuits St Georges Les Boudots : Leroy.
DRC is always built to be perfect in everything.
This wine is amazing, Great ! Great ! Great ! very fragrant, vibrant. The fruits, the acidity, balance is superb, medium-bodied, super elegant with the 3 layers aftertaste.
Persistant finish. Totally " To Die For " once in a lifetime.
Drink now - 2050+...................better feeling than drinking Romanee Conti some vintages....................
Saturday Dinner.: Our next flight was a real treat - 2000 and 2002 DRC Montrachet. A couple of the guys had drunk the 00 last year, and talked it up as possibly being the best young white burg tasted. They were right. Both were outstanding, but the 00 is in a class by itself. Rich, expressive, charming. When you think about how young this is, and how long it will hold up, it blows your mind. The 02 was more tightly wound, with intense minerality. It gained traction over a few hours, but the 02 is not a wine to be opened early, whereas the 00 can be enjoyed thoroughly today (seriously). A wine drinkers dream flight. Both bottles were decanted about two hours ahead of dinner, and poured early to get more air time in the glass.
A limpid golden green, with prominent toast, honey, huge coconut, and marzipan on the nose. Tons of minerals, and with an almost limey citrus to it. Pineapples and minerals again. Beautiful and brutally young. Tons of potential here, but I can only imagine we robbed the cradle. Still in the light of this lineup, it was both greatly pleasureable and more so educational.
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(DRC Montrachet) The 2002 DRC Montrachet had a complex nose with more orange fruits and peel, very penetrating aromatically in a slow and seductive way. There was great nut and caramel kink here. The palate was rich, luscious and honeyed with a long finish; this was clearly outstanding stuff and carried my 2002 thesis quite admirably, that 2002 is a forgotten vintage in the context of big-time wines. Manny hailed it as ‘the most balanced’ of the three, and some secondary mango emerged, along with more butter and musk. Mark felt that each wine in the flight had its own distinctive quality, ‘the citrus minerality of ’04, the opulence of ’03, and the balance of 2002’
(Romanée-Conti Montrachet) Tasted blind. Medium colour. The nose starts a little tight with some barrel notes, then marzipan, pear-drops slowly becoming a little spicy and creamy. The palate just makes you say 'Ooh!'. It's amazingly complex, long, long, long and ever-changing. Gorgeous texture, simply a tour de force. The multidimensional palate was exactly as I remembered the 2002, but the acidity seemed less gushing than when last tasted, so I made a flying guess at a lower acid vintage - 1997 - I was wrong it was the 02!
(Romanée-Conti Montrachet) Less than half the production of Romanée-Conti. Pale gold. Gives up a wide, indeed panoramic nose with a medium butterscotch depth and a spicy – though not detracting – wood note. The most striking aspect of this wine (for me) is the sweet, almost gushing, acidity, you’re washed along the rapids (my wife points out that it’s cheaper to go white-water rafting) followed by a momentary lull before the wave that is the finish hits you. It’s a really fit wine, no added fat – all my analogies seem to involve speed – like a racehorse and one that sprints rather than slows to the line. The finish lasts fully 2 minutes, this is a special experience.
(DRC Montrachet) was like .licking a rock,. William jested, because it was .all mineral. to him on the palate. There were piercing minerals in the nose but very tropical and buttery aromas as well, almost Cali-esque I hate to say, but I did have flashbacks of young Kistler and Peter Michael - on steroids, of course. Jason Giambi should get a case for his cellar . ouch. (Let.s go Mets, by the way, but I am not a Yankee hater either, for the record). It did have that smoky edge, as well as nice citrus ones. The palate, however, was obviously not California Chardonnay with its layers of fruit and acid, and its length to both. There were great citrus, butter and mineral flavors to the palate, which was very intense and wound with a rocky (positive) finish. The wine was still a baby, but definitively great Montrachet and a bridge between Old and New World styles
(DRC Monrachet) Big fat, honeyed nose with coffee, butterscotch but there was something extra this year. There was an intense figgy element that was amazing. So clearly defined with great breadth and depth. This is one of the greatest noses I have ever smelled on a young white Burg. This wine is typically oaky on the nose when young which it was today but it was so well integrated with so many things peeking out. After around 15 minutes truffles added even more complexity. I could not get my nose out of the glass. Palate was fat and unctous but did not show that much botrytis. Just waved of candied melon, lemon, figs, mineral. So dense yet with perfect acidity. This was the thickest wine on the table but also had an amazingly light touch. Huge amplitude on the palate with a finish overflowing with nuts, lemon and melon. Amazing.
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