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  • By John Kapon
    Epic European Vacation, 9/6/2011 98 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti Vandermeulen bottling) Next up was another Negociant bottling, one of the most famous, Vandermeulen.  I have had a few superlative VdM bottles over the years, but more disappointments.  The 1923 DRC Romanee Conti Vandermeulen bottling was no disappointment; it was thrilling.  This bottle came from the same case as multiple ‘100 point’ bottles, per Pekka, even there is no such thing as 100 points J.  It nose was fabulous, with that classic, old RC quality.  Aromas of tomato, rose, bouillon, saucy red fruits and a kiss of normal-for-the age oxidation harmonized magnificently.  There was also great citricity, and the palate had an incredible texture full of flesh and thick flavors.  Its aromas carried over to its flavors, along with some beef and stalk, and its zippy finish said ‘age me more if you can bear to wait’ (98).

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