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As it usually the case, here the nose is even more elegant and prettier with a highly perfumed, layered and relatively high-toned aromatic profile that is quite floral along with offering up notes of oriental tea and exotic spice on the mostly red and blue pinot fruit scents. The detailed and ultra-refined flavors are crystalline in their purity and while they don't have the robust power of the Grands Echézeaux, there is notably more finesse and even a bit more overall length on the mildly austere finish. It's hard to capture mouth feel in words but think of lacy and silky textured flavors that possess a truly fine grain and you'll have a good idea about the palate impression of the '09 RSV. In a word, brilliant.
The Romanée-Saint-Vivant 2009, tasted blind in Holland, has real swagger about it, perhaps more like the Richebourg in style. What I previously termed ""restrained opulence"" is being let off the leash and gently explodes with intense raspberry, crème de cassis, maraschino and perhaps even a dab of warm alcohol. The palate is full-bodied for an Romanée-Saint-Vivant with succulent, ripe tannins, crisp acidity and very decadent, almost candied finish that needs to show a little more finesse at this early stage. It is a magnificent specimen, although I suspect that the 2010 is even better and more crystalline. Drink 2017-2045