Sunday Supper (RS House): As good as the Meo was, somehow this DRC kicked it up a notch. This had much more spice and detail on the nose than my last bottle and reminded me of the fireworks I first experienced when we had this at Stein Erikson. Amazing fruit, balance and grip. It combined the excitement of the Leroy with the completeness and detail of the Meo. Great depth, harmony and super long finish. LOVE THE SPICE!
Been a couple years since we had this wine. Cloudy. Drank over 5 hours. A lovely nose of spice, dark fruit, earth, mushrooms and stems jump from the glass. The palate matched with crazy spice but this had a severe background of green/stem notes. My wife said it seemed like pickle juice and once she said it, that idea never left my mind because it was right on. Love the complexity but the stem/whole cluster was very evident. Long finish.
Lech Day 6 - dinner: intoxicating perfume immediately upon opening. seductive and floral. notes of red fruits, plum and spice. perhaps a little more orange zest and lightweight than expected but still a beauty overall. 875.
Opened and drank at Stein Erickson in Park City. Just a fabulous nose the burst from the glass. Big bold flavors of iron and dark fruits. I love the texture and grip of this wine and the finish lasted for ever. No comparison to the 99 Dujac Clos St Denis we had just before. Clearly this will age for a long time, but it is certainly a treat to drink now. Worth every penny.
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(Romanée-Conti Richebourg) A very low yield this year, not much more produced than Romanée-Conti. It’s a rather narrow nose compared to the others, but it’s like cliff-diving, it’s just so deep. Swirling fills some of the gaps, as does extended time in the glass – it never loses that depth though. Whilst I loved the RSV I have to say that this wine is frankly a tour-de-force in the mouth, nothing hard, great balance but every aspect is on a fantastic level – from first impression right through the mid-palate to the finish. In both 2000 and 2001 I preferred the RSV and despite my ‘bias’ in this respect I have to give the rosette to this wine in 2002 – bravo – fabulous, measured concentration…
(DRC Richebourg) It was a step up as the fruit was much more in your face . thick, rich and ripe with meaty, plummy and smoky aromas along with vanilla and sweet fruit on the blackberry and plum side. The nose had gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous fruit. It was stunning. There was a touch of cinnamon, and someone keenly observed it .stood out for its amplitude and opulence.. The palate was deliciously rusty, with great length and style to its acids, and tannins that make you lick the roof of your mouth but not smack your lips. There was almost perfect sweetness to the wine on the palate and its black fruit, a fruit only matched later by the Romanee Conti itself. A touch of leather rounded out its palate
(DRC Richebourg) This nose was screaming. Hard to believe but this was even more aromatic than the RSV. Lots of earth. Lots of mineral. Lots of floral. Lots of fresh mint. More primal and animal than the others before it. Just amazing. Super concentrated and very powerful as Richebourg usually is. The RSV was more elegant but this had power and major structure. Also it was the most exotic wine of the day so far. Profound and another one for the long haul.
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