Deep ruby. A penetrating nose of moderately high-toned spicy black fruit trimmed in violets and floral notes that remains completely primary leads to supple but intense flavors that are rich and refined with excellent finishing energy and more refinement than I usually find here. I particularly like the fine balance and there is a sense of opulence here due to the heady spice notes and this too will be approachable relatively early yet be capable of a decade's worth of improvement. There is no reason that the wine should have changed much in only 5 years but there is perhaps a bit more depth than I originally foresaw developing this early on and I have raised my score slightly.
This is fragrant, evoking aromas of flowers and strawberries. Starts elegant and silky, with the structure soon becoming apparent. There's fine length, harmony and balance to this forward and approachable version.--Non-blind 2004 DRC tasting (February 2007). Best from 2009 through 2024. (Web-2012)
Rather floral, delicate aromas -- very fresh and lively and much more refined than the straight Echezeaux. Racy, elegant but suave too. Set fair for a thinner (than Echezeaux), more ballerina-like future if the straight Echezeaux is more of a morris dancer. Rather closer to the 2004 norm than the Echezeaux in its delicacy but still much richer than most 2004s, even if its prominent acidity makes it arguably DRC’s most typical wine of the vintage. Beginning to close up and be a little stern on the end of the palate but impressively long. 18/20 points. Drink 2015 - 2030.
Medium red. Rather exotic aromas of liqueur-like red fruits, spices, leather and underbrush. Silky, seductive and a bit decadent in its early sex appeal, but with its lively acids and apparent oak tannins this has a slight dry edge. Firmed up with air and gained in freshness.
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