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1999 Romanée-Conti, Vosne-Romanée 1er CruDec. 2009
This was an aromatic superstar, the colour of a two or three year old, and quite unready on the palate – complex with acidity that still needs to ‘mend’ in the finish. A wine to contemplate.
2007 Gros Frère & Soeur, Vosne-Romanée 1er CruApr. 2009
Declassified Echézeaux from vines that are about 10 years old. Slightly more diffuse aromatics. In the mouth there’s just a little more width and more tannin too – but fine tannin. It’s okay, slightly less charming than the basic villages, but there are better ‘values’ in this vintage.
2002 Romanée-Conti, Vosne-Romanée 1er CruOct. 2006
Medium colour. A wide, interesting and smokey nose of quite some complexity, eventually a little bacon-fat comes through too. The palate is nicely delineated if not so concentrated, yet is both elegant and delicate. Actually this is rather beautiful and shows wonderful balance, such that I expect it will be very long lived. Super and with beautiful aromatics too. This was a hard bottle to open – not through guilt, rather the cork – pushing the corkscrew into the top caused the cork to start sinking and wine to squirt as there was no airspace. With incredible care and a twin-pronged ‘pull’ tool I got the cork out – phew! Comparing to the other wines opened this cork seemed narrower in diameter…
2002 Romanée-Conti, Vosne-Romanée 1er CruJul. 2005
A bright, medium cherry-red colour, just a shade lighter than the Echézeaux that stands by it’s side. A quite lovely nose that begins with a suggestion of torrefaction and sweet powdery fruit. Swirling releases a much more prominent and precise red-fruit note. Medium bodied, this wine shows an elegant balance between the fruit and acidity, the tannins showing a grainy edge and just a hint of dryness. There’s a serious aspect to this wine and whilst it’s shallow in the context of the DRC line-up in 2002, it’s certainly not shallow in the context of the appellation indicated on the label. I expect this wine will be a great investment, regardless of how you choose to use that word.
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