Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg 1989
This was not purchased on release, so it’s storage for a good part of its life is unknown, yet anyone that doesn’t properly cellar DRC should be shot. That being said… Dirty garnet color edging towards bricky-orange. Overwhelmingly scented to start
of wet dog. Believe me I know this scent well. Lizzie was digging and had had a bath just that morning. As the wine opened, roasted bones came forward, and with further development, some coffee bean scents. Lots of sour cherry and spice to start, and somewhat sweet on top. Tart at the end, with reasonable grip. Not especially balanced, and more mature than I would
have expected. GOOD MINUS. MM. 10/99. This rocked like Pet Shop Boys, never could quite get into it.
Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 1991
By far the darkest of three Burgs, though still edging to brick. Citrus oils (or was that WineAway ®?), white truffles and strawberry candy on the nose. Lemony attack, with good grip, silky mouthfeel, prominent acidity and enough fruit to pull it
together. Flinty minerals on the back end. VERY GOOD MINUS. MM. 10/99. Iit rocked like Roxy Music, sexy and subtle.
Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 1996
The biggest disappointment of the night for me, and not because I brought it. Further proof that Rovani’s reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt. He rated this low-mid 90s. Quite light in color, resembling a dark Marsannay rose. Rather brilliant,
and pretty looking. Pie crust notes on the nose, with red fruits dominating the subdued nose and palate. Sweet towards the end, and a bit green in the middle. Thin, and lacking any real character. I’ve had better $15 Bourgogne, and this puppy is well into 3 figures. FAIR PLUS. MM. 10/99. Sadly it rocked like The Cranberries, hideously overrated.