As most of the 02 DRCs seem to be right now, the nose was fully open, nicely perfumed and detailed. Red and black fruit, loads of spice, iron and roses on the nose and palate. Wonderful power and complexity. More pronounced iron and a tartness on the finish with air. The stems were evident. Long finish.
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(Romanée-Conti Grands-Echézeaux) There’s a little haze to the wine from this bottle and slightly paler colour vs the Echézeaux. The nose has a little extra lift vs the deeper Echezeaux, also shows an extra creamy edge. This wine really distinguishes itself by the intensity of its finish vs the previous two reds. It doesn’t give the ‘rush’ provided by the Echézeaux’ acidity but instead provides a warmer, denser aspect to the extract. The tannins have similar volume to the Echézeaux, but with finer structure. Lingers excellently on the palate.
(DRC Grands Échézeaux) Profound aromatic complexity here with coffee bean, black cherry, boysenberries, spice, butterscotch (oak?), and a slight herbal tinge that only added to the cacophany of smells. One of the noses of the day. Well there were many noses of the day. Big and ripe in the mouth with great density. Spherical in it's texture. Really gets to every nook and cranny in the mouth. Pretty explosive finish of red mixed with a little black fruit. Very floral on the palate along with noble tannins. Some serious structure and amazing length indicates that this will be one for the ages. An amazing wine and the best DRC Grands Échézeaux I have tasted in my limited experience. A standout today.
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