1998 Domaine Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée- France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée (5/8/2010)
Uncorked and served immediately with dinner. Medium ruby color. Nose was fresh and floral, laced also with scents of raspberry, anise, sandlewood, and market spices. Medium-bodied with smoothly-textured still-forward fruit, mostly black cherry and plum, layered with licorice, mineral, and earth. Very good acidity and fairly unobtrusive tannins resolving into a medium-length but quite harmonious finish. All-of-a-piece, well-integrated wine which would give many premiers a run for their money. Just delicious. (90 pts.)
His '98 VR les Suchots drunk around 2 years ago was delicious–drinking well now, but will hold for several years.
I stumbled on to a lone bottle of the RSV recently, but am planning to cellar it for a bit longer prior to pulling the cork.
The Suchots is my absolute favorite in the Arnoux portfoglio … haven´t tasted the 1998 for a while but it was very promising in its youth.
The difference between it and the RSV is sometimes only tiny (despite the price).
I didn´t buy the straight village - good to hear that it´s fine, too …