Popped and poured, 4 Richebourgs served single blind, and enjoyed over a 3 hour Euro lunch. The lineup was DRC 07 and 08, 07 Hudelot-Noellat, 08 Mongeard-Mugneret. I ranked this wine 2nd.
Asian spice nose also gives this away as a DRC, but not an 08, in fact I guessed this was the 07 because of the lithe supple flavor profile. Soaring DRC nose of sandalwood, spices, and a floral rose petal element, very much on point. The palate is a little thin, closed and simple at this stage, with a drying finish that hints at the latent underlying fruit that may get unleashed with time. I liked the 07 better today, but it would not surprise me if the 08 surpasses it at maturity as there appears to be more under the surface.
2008 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti Tasting (Beltramo's, Menlo Park Ca.): Oh man...super spicy dusty nose...very exotic...could smell all day! This is the one that held the nose the longest of the tasting. Palate coating bright and fresh red fruit, big minerals, green tobacco leaves, licorice....well balanced with perfect roundness, yet promising much more in age, with a slight tight finish. This, along with the La Tache, was my top wine. Amazing!
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