1929 Les Gaudichots: (“1929 is a sublime vintage and along with 1999, is perhaps the greatest vintage we have ever made. If the wines have been well stored, they are still young and should continue to last for years.” Aubert de Villaine; Meadows: 1929 is undoubtedly one of the century’s greatest vintages, ranking toe-to-toe with 1915, 1923, 1949 and 1959 though at this level of perfection, it seems a bit silly to try and rank one vintage over another. As an side, it was the second in a series of good to great vintages ending in the number 9 and only 1909 and 1939 being true disappointments. The genius of ’29 is its ability to combine a forward and generous nature with elegance, purity, concentrated flavors that have more than withstood the test of time. An all time classic vintage). Heavy bricking but still ruby in the center. This began with a slightly funky nose that eventually blew off to reveal wonderfully expressive, rich, almost liqueur-like aromas with evident spice nuances on the now almost completely tertiary aromas. Despite the well-matured nature of the aromatics, the nose is not tired or fading but rather quite vibrant and virile, indeed somewhat reminiscent of an octogenarian distance runner that never seems to tire. The rich, velvety, silky flavors are lacy and detailed with a fascinating blend of complexity and power plus plenty of old vine sap on the terrifically long back end. This would have been one of the show stoppers of the night had it not been paired with the equally amazing ’23. This is still a gem and holding perfectly; in short, there is no rush. 95/now
Romanée-Conti lies on brown limestone soils 60 cm deep with a major clay component. Romanée-Saint-Vivant has similar but deeper (90 cm) soils. Higher up, La Romanée occupies a markedly sloping site (12%) and the soil texture is less clayey. La Tâche and La Grande Rue share brown limestone soils, rather shallow at the top end with deeper rendzinas lower down. The same is true for the Richebourg, depending on slope and aspect. The underlying rock is hard Premeaux limestone dating from the Jurassic (175 million years BC).
Lying between Flagey-Échezeaux (home of the ÉCHEZEAUX appellation) and Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée occupies a middle position in the Côte de Nuits. The vines grow at altitudes of 250 to 310 metres and face east or, in some cases, slightly south of east. Vosne-Romanée, the central jewel in the necklace of appellations which is the burgundian côte, is not content with holding a mere four aces but boasts a total of six Grands Crus, each one famous the world over. A thousand years ago, it was the Cluniac monks of Saint-Vivant de Vergy and the Cistercians of Cîteaux who first realised the value of these very special plots of land.
One of these vineyards takes its name from Prince Conti who lost his heart to it in 1760. Romanée-Conti is one of the wonders ofthe world and has always been a singly-held entity. Next door to it, Romanée-Saint-Vivant recalls the medieval monastery of the Hautes-Côtes which is currently undergoing restoration and which is linked to it by its own path. La Romanée, La Tâche and La Grande Rue are also singly-held entities, as is Richebourg, whose mere name is enough to fill a glass.
These Grands Crus frequently give good results from long laying-down. As a general rule, they shouldn't be drunk under about ten years of age but sometimes they will be aged up to 20 or 30 years. Each appellation has its own distinct personality depending on its year of production and on the stage it has reached in its development. These flamboyant red wines fully express the subtlety and complexity of the Burgundian Pinot Noir grape. Their colour is a dark ruby turning crimson with age. Their wide-ranging bouquet is divided among small red and black fruits, violet, spices and, with time, underbrush. On the palate, this wine is well-defined with a powerful body. It is delicate, sensual, frank and full.
In addition to their powerful structure and exceptional longevity, these great wines develop tertiary aromas of truffle, underbrush, leather and fur. It goes without saying that strong-flavoured meats will do them justice : furred or feathered game, braised, in sauce, or simply grilled. Wild-fowl (eg Peking duck) or a nice cut of roast veal will be gently enveloped by the close-packed but elegant tannins of these mighty Pinot Noir wines.
Serving temperatures : 15 to 16 °C.
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