jamie goode's wine blog: DRC 2005

Thursday, February 14, 2008

DRC 2005

The new release tasting of DRC's iconic Burgundies is one of the most eagerly anticipated dates in the wine calendar. It's not every day you get to taste wines like these. I'm not sure of the prices yet, but expect the top wine, the Romanee-Conti, to be over £1000 per bottle on release (and even at this price, you'll have to join a very long queue).

So I popped into Corney & Barrow this morning to try the 2005s. A lot of familiar faces were there, including the triumverate of Neal Martin, Bill Nanson and Linden Wilkie (who made a whole morning out of it, sitting down, taking extensive notes, trying the wines, sitting down, chatting and so on). I also saw Tim Atkin, Natasha Hughes, Anthony Rose, Harry Gill, Serena Sutcliffe and Jasper Morris (who at one point dropped his glasses into a spitoon as he bent over too far).

My report on the wines is posted on the main site here. You can compare my notes with those of Eric Asimov of the NY Times, who also tasted the wines recently here.

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At 11:58 AM, Blogger king bing said...

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At 10:21 PM, OpenID lagramiere said...

Funny, I was lucky enough to drink a 2000 DRC Echezeaux last night over dinner with the Perrins and Thierry Desseauve at Beaucastel. It was quite a wine, and quite an evening. Congratulations on taking the leap! Even if you were given a slight nudge!

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I had the 2000 Echezeaux, blind, a couple of years ago, and loved it - here's my note

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Echezeaux 2000
Initially this was tasted blind and I was blown away by it. At first sniff I was led to the Rhône, but it quickly became clear that it was a serious Burgundy. Lovely perfumed nose is fresh and intense with some spiciness, a hint of animal character and vivid aromas of red fruits. The palate has a lovely spicy structure. Very elegant with a wonderful freshness to the vibrant fruit. Breathtaking effort that’s drinking very well now. Excellent 96/100

At 4:35 PM, Blogger king bing said...

Unfortunately, Neal Martin's wine-journal on www.archive.org has now been blocked. Shame as I stil used to use it often. Understand it's all archived on eBoB though.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Real shame about the wine-journal archive - I guess Eric's to blame for this!

La Gramiere, sorry to hear about the problems you had with getting your appellation - sounds like a huge nightmare.


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