Richebourg 1989 Meo-Camuzet
7/98. Bought in London Sep-95 for $148 (imported for $158 net).
We opened this rare wine (less than 100 cases made each year!) for a delicious Friday night dinner at home. Mildly spicy chopped meat in pastry and Quiche Lorraine for first course, Steak Tartar with French fries for main course, and Mango ice cream with cherries and Benedictine for dessert.
COLOR: Medium dark, some clearing towards the rim. No sign of sediment in the bottle but noticeable 'legs' on the glass.
NOSE: Wonderful aromas of fresh cherries, exotic spices, raw meat and vanilla. A gentle 'Bourgogne Nose' beautifully harmonizes with the multi-dimensional bouquet. The nose is delightfully balanced. Well defined though not immense.
TASTE: Out of this world! A perfect harmony of fresh red fruit, youthful but measured acidity, structured wood, good grip and plenty of winyness. Sweetish rich flavors that fill the mouth. Extremely elegant and delicate (as opposed to coarse, not as in weak). Hard to imagine a wine more fine and tasty.
LENGTH: Sweetish aftertaste that lingers forever and plays games with each separate taste-bud.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-bodied full-expression wine. Fat, rich and expansive (yes, money-wise too...). Fresh distinctive fruit, very good acidity, alcohol (13.5%), wood and soft receding tannins - all in exquisite harmony and perfect balance. At its absolute peak now - simply 'a point'.
OVERALL: Extraordinary!!! The best 1989 (B) I ever had and one of the very best wines I ever tasted. The epitome of a Grand Vin! Almost cried...
MARK: 19/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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