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dinner-time surprises…


A trip to Germany this week, brought a wealth of wine riches. The following were tasted blind with dinner and each was unveiled only after writing my notes:

2004 Romanée-Conti, La Tâche
A beautiful floral nose with an obvious whole cluster character. There is good width on the palate and pretty fruit flavours. There seems plenty of acidity in the mid-palate though despite that, not that special energy or dimension, but clearly a very classy wine.
Rebuy – Yes

2004 Romanée-Conti, Romanée St.Vivant
This nose has darker, deeper fruit and is less padded-out with whole cluster character – but there is still some. In the mouth this is lithe and beautifully proportioned – better tonight than the last wine due to more concentration, muscle, dimension and energy. Yum!
Rebuy – Yes

2007 Jadot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacques
Aromatically, this shows pretty, clean, deep red fruit – it is very fine. I really like the width and dimension in the mouth, then comes an extra dimension in the mid-palate – this is excellent and has a cool character that reminds me of Latricières…
Rebuy – Yes

What great ‘off-vintage’ wines! I didn’t spot any ‘vintage character’ even after returning to the glasses armed with vintage info – interesting that the RSV is currently the more impressive of the two DRCs. The Jadot was also brilliant!

3 responses to “dinner-time surprises…”

  1. Mark Bernstein

    Your post comes on the heels of a week of tasting and really enjoying the “off vintages” of 2004 & 2007. Yesterday’s Bachelet Charmes and 07 Fourrier CSJ were both splendid and I think these are testaments to great winemaking, brutally tough standards on the triage table and in the vineyards. These attributes tend to result in the best wine that can be made from a particular vintage. Of course the necessary downside is far less of it.

  2. Ed

    Does P perhaps have a “half life” in bottle? Has lady bug taint “blown off” ’04?

  3. R.Oe

    this wines was so nice at the arrivage-tasting 2007 by martel;-)wide open.
    good no GM.

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