Slightly deeper colour than RSV. A very expressive nose with more fruit intensity. Cherry, wild strawberry, cigar box and a touch of damp earth. Something slightly Pauillac-like about it! A stern, medium-bodied palate, cohesive and focused, conservative with notes of dried blood, iron amongst the red fruits. Broody, masculine finish with just a light sprinkle of white pepper. Again, there is a stalky quality in the background. A second bottle is similar but more sensuous and feminine. (NM-Wine Journal)
Smoky aromas set the scene for a complex, fascinating wine. Like so many 2004s, it is striking for the purity of its fruit. And if there is a hint of green in the tannins, this certainly doesn’t do the wine any harm. It’s more that it shows how much time it needs to mature. Aftertaste is fresh.
This is aromatic, revealing Asian spices and sandalwood. A less opulent Richebourg, yet plump in the context of the DRC '04s, offering red and black cherry, rose and a hint of black pepper flavors. Kicks into gear on the finish, with a long, spicy aftertaste.—Non-blind 2004 DRC tasting (February 2007). Best from 2012 through 2028. (Web-2012)
This is in the same stylistic camp as the Grands Echézeaux as it is surprisingly understated and subtle with an intensely floral nose of red and black fruit aromas that are nuanced and beautifully elegant, merging seamlessly into linear, reserved, indeed almost brooding flavors that are as once supple yet precise and detailed, all wrapped in a powerful and muscular finish that delivers striking length. This is a really interesting wine because it's a wine of contrasts yet it works because there is a gorgeous combination of finesse and power and again, I really like the sense of drive and energy here as well as the first rate balance. A terrific '04.
Good dark red. Deeply pitched aromas of cassis, earth and truffle ('underground aromas while the Romanee-Saint-Vivant is more ethereal,' says Villaine). Fat and broad in the mouth, with a strong earth-and-rocks character. Doesn't show quite the lift of the RSV but this is even sweeter. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. I suspect I'm catching this in an awkward stage. 91(+?) points.
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