The 1997 Montrachet is creamy and oily in the glass, with pretty notes of tangerine, hazelnut and dried flowers, and less of the phenolic quality than it has shown in the past. Although not the most complex wine of the night, the 1997 is open-knit, mature and ready to drink, to mention immensely delicious. This is an especially fine bottle.
Having retasted DRC's 1997 Montrachet in March, 2000, it was apparent that my earlier assessment was both conservative in judgement and anticipated maturity dates. It reveals a straw/goldish color and loads of tropical fruit, mineral, anise, and buttered aromas. This massive, medium-to-full-bodied, and dense wine displays layers of spice, creamy super-ripe pears, creme brulee, and hints of butterscotch in its opulent flavor profile. Velvety-textured and broad, it is forward yet better balanced than originally perceived.