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1875 Barbeito Madeira Malvazia

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
We finished the afternoon with another glorious Madeira, an 1875 Barbeito Madeira Malvazia. It never ceases to amaze me how young 100+ year-old Madeira can come across. Aromas of raisin, fig, date and nut musk seeped out of the glass. This was more elegant and not as heavy as yesterday’s Madeira, medium-bodied and possessing great spice to both the nose and palate. JJ noticed its ‘oak,’ and there was this charred, wet oak quality. There were indoor screen flavors, which wasn’t a bad thing. JJ also noted ‘cinnamon’ and ‘Duncan Hines’ 93 points
White - Fortified

1900 D'Oliveiras Madeira Boal Reserva

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
We had a treat for dessert, a 1900 d’Oliveras Madeira Barbeito. I love old Madeira, and although I rarely have dessert wine as I find it to be too much sugar for my body after having other wines (alcohol is sugar, after all), if I had to choose one dessert wine to have, it would be Madeira. Tea, molasses, tang, lemon, zip…all were present in this sexy, smacky wine. Still beefy, it was like molasses with a twist of lemon and a side of horseradish. Its concentration was outstanding 95+ points
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1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The closer for the weekend was a fitting choice, the 1971 DRC La Tache. This wine has always been one of my all-time favorites, and it is probably the greatest wine that I have had on the most occasions, ie more than any other of the all-time greats. Bipin also shared how it was his frist great Burgundy, and that the first time this wine was even brought into California was by him! I knew there was a reason I liked it so much :). The nose creamed citrus, olives, meat, oil and spice. Admittedly, this bottle was a bit more autumnal than some of the best bottles that I have had, but the palate had great citricity and flavors of bouillon in its long and fleshy profile. There was pitch and class here, and the acidity still snapped, crackled and popped 97 points
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1972 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
There were two wines to go in this magical weekend, and one of them was a magnum of 1972 DRC La Tache. The ’72 had a sexy nose with just a hint of that ’72 tomato. There was also sweet cherry, meat, oil, citrus, Worcestershire and chocolate. The palate was dirty even though its acidity was excellent. There were Korean barbecue flavors, a lighter mid-palate and dry tannins. The ’72, even though it was served from magnum, quickly headed south for the summer 94M points
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1976 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 1976 DRC La Tache was nutty and gamy, less pungent but with similar qualities to the Richebourg. There was more style, more elegance and more reserve here, but it was still autumnal in its personality. It was thicker and longer than the Richebourg. Both had a lot of ‘toffee’ per Bipin, and Paul chipped in how ‘both are drinking beautifully right now’ 94 points
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1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
Unfortunately, the 1978 DRC La Tache was oxidized. Ouch (DQ).
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1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The next flight began with a gorgeous 1985 DRC La Tache. I have always loved this vintage for La Tache, despite the fact that it has always been picked on by some as far as the ‘great’ vintages of La Tache go. The nose was open, ripe and full of sweet red fruit. Rose, nut, mint, bouillon and game were all present. Its palate was more concentrated, oily and tasty, long and zippedy doo dah with its lipsmacking finish. There was real character here, and secondary flavors of cola and tobacco joined the party. Gil admired that ‘it has everything,’ and there were plenty of vitamins and pitch left on its young finish. It was ultimately Gil’s and my wine of the night 96 points
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1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 1988 DRC La Tache had a lot of urine in its nose, or as Gil politically corrected me, ‘uric acid,’ in this nightclub sofa kind of way. Catbox, stewed tomato (‘canned actually,’ Mr. V chimed in), citrus and tang all emerged in this pungent nose, along with nice minerals. Both the nose and the palate turned green a la the incredible Hulk in this tannic wine, with me noting peas and Gil ‘fava beans.’ Whether that will be a good thing in the future remains to be seen 92+ points
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1989 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 1989 DRC La Tache was a Bordeaux impersonator with its open, cassisy fruit and cedar, along with a pinch of pavement. There was nice flesh to its nose as well. The palate was rich and hearty with black fruits and flavors. Very musky, the ’89 was long and had excellent acidity, very 1996 in style with all that slate and acidity. It got a little dirtier in the glass 94 points
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1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 1990 DRC La Tache was the right stuff. Its nose was rich and concentrated, yet reticent. Very saucy, there was oil in dem dar hills. George called it ‘big and brutal,’ and it was full of foresty, black fruits. The palate had enough tannins and acidity for an entire vintage of Burgundy, with secondary hints of rubber tire. The finish was super hearty, but its fruit and up-front nature were shut down and quiet despite its obvious richness. To be continued… 95+ points
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1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 1991 DRC La Tache had a special nose. It had rich, concentrated and saucy fruit. Kisses of milk, vitamin, citrus, rubber, minerals and leather danced around its flashy core of sweet, pungent red fruit. The palate was delicious with great iron flavors, musk and more red fruits. It was noticeably long, and someone called it ‘superb’ 95 points
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1993 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
Our overlapping trio of duets finished with a 1993 DRC La Tache, which was richer and more concentrated than the Richebourg. It has an oilier nose, and the palate was long and gritty with flavors of leather and strawberry, along with excellent earth and waterfall ones. King Richard found it ‘very lovely, pure silk.’ It kept growing and growing in the glass, and while this was not the magic of that one 97-point experience that I have had with this wine, it was still flirting with outstanding. 1993 DRCs do have a lot of variation, I should add 94+ points
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1995 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 1995 DRC La Tache had crushed red fruits and bull’s blood to its reticent nose, which was also a bit rubbery. The palate was rusty, dry and long with a serious finish, but will the fruit catch up? The 1995 rap was evident here, as someone noted, ‘just structure, really no fruit.’ Gil chipped in at the end, ‘carraway seed and Chinese black tea’ 93 points
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1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
JJ found the 1996 DRC La Tache like ‘Bordeaux.’ I found it classic ’96 – screechy with its long acid, but it also had some fatness to its fruit, decadently both purple and red. Slate, rubber tire and minerals all blended with the acid, and menthol was hidden underneath. It felt like the menthol will ultimately take over the character of this wine in time. The palate was coy, softer than I expected, still possessing length and grit with nice tannin definition, and more menthol and slate on its finish. The nose was special, but at the moment, the palate of this LT was shut down, although the wine still screams potential 94+ points
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1998 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
It was on to the reds, beginning with the 1998 DRC La Tache. The ’98 had a taut, vitaminy and leathery nose that showed the best qualities of the vintage. Gil admitted that 1998 was ‘a vintage that grows on you,’ and perhaps went a bit overboard with the question, ‘The 1993s of the future?’ The first red after a bunch of whites always makes a good impression lol. It had a pungent core with lots of cinnamon spice, and concentrated, fresh fruits in the nose, which continued to sing and change and develop. The palate was also leathery and cinnamony with more noticeable oak. Gil called it ‘ratatouille in a glass,’ and the tomato and garden were there. We both found this crazy yet distinct tequila with lime aroma in the nose after some time in the glass. It was a ‘wow’ impression once identified, as it was so strong! The palate stayed oaky and dry overall, but give this complicated La Tache some time to integrate, and you may have yourself a sleeper 92+ points
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1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
As if there could be another wine that could stand up to the first two in this flight, oh, that’s right, we had yet to sample the 1999 DRC La Tache. There was more elegance here but still meat on dem der bones. There were also more vitamins and cola, but some expressive black cherry as well. The palate was rich, long, elegant but fat, also showing more cola. While reserved and more backhand than forehand, the ’99 was still a winner all the way. It got more aromatic in the glass as its crushed qualities became more fragrant. Jim also noted that fact, saying that ‘the ’99 has lost its initial baby fat but is gaining in harmony,’ also finding it the most enjoyable of the three right now. Gil found the 1999 ‘woodsy, like a lukewarm sauna,’ as well as ‘crushed nutshells and cranberry red fruit,’ although he did find the ’99 closed as well. Manny called this flight one of ‘three superstars’ 97 points
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2000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 2000 DRC La Tache was ‘a jar of dill pickles’ per Mr. Vegas, but it became curry in a hurry for me. Olive, dill and green bean were all in the nose. Its palate also had dill flavors, but it was fleshy and tasty, on a faster maturity track than the previous three, but there’s at least a decade or two to enjoy this vintage of LT for sure. While congenial and forward, it still had strength and ageability 93 points
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2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 2001 DRC La Tache had Gil’s attention right away, not something easy to accomplish. He noted ‘garrigue, olive grove and lavender.’ There was some great pitch in the nose, and the ’01 possessed more fruit than the ’02 along with more sweetness. It also had some of the length of the ’02 but was milder in that regard. Gil still found it a bit Rhonish. The palate had nice stems and was elegant, but it didn’t have the power of the ’02. There was nice cedar smack to the finish in this excellent ’01 94 points
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2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 2002 DRC La Tache was classic with its crushed roses, great spice, vitamins, great stems, olives and lots of citric tension. There was great (sensing a trend?) vim here, both to the nose and to the palate. Its flavors were long and stylish, elegant like a lady with a few bodyguards in tow. Its acidity was also superb, even more so than the ’04 as it was more reined in but still vigorous. ‘So good, so long, so fine’ summed it up. I couldn’t help but think about how great this 2002 was, and how the vintage is general is a bit under the radar in the market right now as far as top-tier vintages of Burgundy go. Everyone talks about 1999 and 2005, but 2002 could be a vintage that finds itself in that discussion more and more as time goes on 96 points
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2003 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 2003 DRC La Tache sung ‘baby baby’ with its nose. Aromas of black raspberry and minerals dominated, and its nose gave me a bit of a 1998 impression. The palate was smooth and soft, and while thick, it just didn’t seem to have the acidity one wants for long-term aging, a knock on the vintage overall 95 points
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2004 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
Montrachet’s turn was over, and it was back to La Tache, beginning with the 2004 DRC La Tache.The ’04 was super wound and high-pitched with aromas of crushed red fruits, sandalwood, black raspberry, stems, a kiss of nut butter and lots of t ‘n a. The nose was very expressive, and its acidity impressive. Mark was saying how he has been impressed with 2004s, especially DRCs, in general. This ’04, despite its youth, was really singing, and I kept noting its acidity over and over, a good sign for its future 94+ points
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2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
While the 2006 set a high bar rather quickly on this Sunday afternoon, the 2005 DRC La Tache set one even higher. While it was more reserved than the ’06 at this stage, its depth in its nose was undeniable. It had aromas of earth that sparkled with diamonds, rust without the decay, and black as midnight fruit. The palate was incredibly concentrated. It was rich, beefy and stemmy, possessing so much fruit yet still coiled and deadly. Its t ‘n a squeezed my tongue like a python, and blood emerged in its bloody good nose. So fine, so rich, so long, I think profound summed it up best 98 points
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2006 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
We said hello again to La Tache with a fantastic 2006 DRC La Tache. The ’06 was so fresh, brimming with crushed red fruits, stems, roses, oil, mint, black cherry and cola. It was so fragrant, with excellent richness and divine aromatic sweetness. Wow! The palate was also great, its fruit clean and natural to the core. It was similar to the nose with dominating black cherry and stem flavors, along with choice earth and great tannin expression. Traces of cinnamon sprinkled over its ‘high-toned fruit’ (Mark). Man, was that nose damn good 96 points
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1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
The 1978 DRC Montrachet was spectacular as always. I have had this wine a half-dozen times in my life, and if there is a better DRC Montrachet, then I haven’t had it. JJ noted ‘milk house,’ and there was more power here in this ’78 than either of its predecessors, even though it was older. Musky goodness, fire and creamed corn were in its richer nose, which had nice toast and a smoky sex appeal. The palate was great with rich, buttery flavors, an oily palate and a long finish with the acidity of the previous two wines combined. This was special stuff. Its stalky flavors had lots of corn, too, along with lots of mountainous qualities. It was so rich and concentrated, with great musk and a lot of personality. While I have had 99 point bottles of this wine, this was ONLY (97).JB concurred, and he would know. 97 points
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1983 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet

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, John Kapon
DRC Weekend (7/6/2009)
We said goodbye to Montrachet for the weekend with an unfortunately oxidized 1983 DRC Montrachet (DQ).
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