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  • This was purchased on release and cellared since. WOW. Huge nose of porcini mushrooms, black tea and so much more. The wine was fully resolved and the finish is still on my tongue I think. I literally have been smelling the bottle for a few hours now and the rhubard and red fruit (yes still fruit!) are amazing. Can I say this is the best wine I've ever had? I'm not sure. It was the most unique and certainly had the longest finish. I'm not sure I'll ever forget that finish. What an incredible wine!!!! *****

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  • By John Kapon
    Bad Boy Birthday Bash, 7/16/2009 96 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) What better way to follow up the ’62 La Tache than with a 1962 DRC Romanee Conti. There was this initial hint of baby powder in the nose, which was deeper, thicker and richer than the La Tache. There was a kiss of good stink here along with enough meat to satisfy the hungriest of carnivores. The wine was rich and saucy, smooth and luscious. Its rich, gamy fruit had ‘rose petals galore,’ but its palate was smoother and more satiny than the nose led me to believe, showing more of that ’62 class. It was very balanced with nice slate and minerals on its finish, which was a ‘good dirty’
  • By John Kapon
    Happy Birthday Eddie, 7/2/2007 95 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) A 1962 DRC Romanee Conti was both thrilling yet also disappointing. It had an incredible nose full of earth, beef, menthol, spice, date, autumnal forest floor and black cherry cola. Yes, it was complex. Jennifer picked up on ‘apricots,’ and they were totally there. Absolutely delicious at first, there was rich and meaty fruit that quickly morphed into more of a figgy quality. Spice and apricot jam were on its finish, and bouillon came out along with ‘burnt coffee’ (Tom). Although this bottle flashed brilliance, it was ultimately slightly oxidized, and as a result it did not have much staying power in the glass, quickly falling in stature
  • By John Kapon
    La Paule Part Two, 4/2/2007 98 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) One thing I could read what I wrote for was one of the wines of the night, a wine that should have been the last wine of the evening but settled for second to last, a phenomenal bottle of 1962 DRC Romanee Conti. Actually, I didn’t take that many notes after all, but took a couple of good quotes including ‘indestructible and timeless,’ as well as ‘at maximum capacity of expression.’ Spectacular, intense and very, very special, the 1962 DRC Romanee Conti was about as good as it gets
  • By John Kapon
    A Big Boy Business Dinner, 11/17/2006 98A points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) Unfortunately, it was slightly corked, but the wine still shone through to achieve my highest ‘Affected’ rating ever! Underneath the cork was still the classic RC – the meat, the tomato, the menthol, the game, the iodine, the richness. It clearly had the most power of the flight. Its density and length shattered the others
  • By John Kapon
    Putting "THE Cellar" In Perspective, 11/5/2006 99 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) emerged. Ok, if you insist. There might have been a couple of other wines floating around, but this is where my notes will end. This bottle was consistent with the La Tache all the way, displaying consistent styles of both producer and vintage. There was incredible concentration and similar ‘wow’ aromas and flavors of menthol, mint, rose, blood, meat, iron, garden and A1, make that A+1. The wine was ridiculous, as is the quality of wines represented by ‘THE Cellar.’ Seven 99 point wines in one night. That doesn’t happen too often
  • By John Kapon
    Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR, 10/11/2006 98 points

    (Romanee Conti) was served out of magnum, and what a magnum it was. The nose was incredibly exotic with loads of cherry fruit, kinky spice, meat, sweet caramel edges, a pinch of mint, earth and a touch of interior freshness. Flavors of tea, old book and rose came along for the ride on its long and fine palate. ‘Great’ and ‘fabulous’ kept appearing over and over in my tasting notes
  • By John Kapon
    Los Angeles Quarterly, 10/12/2005 DQ points

    (Romanee Conti.) Hello, nice to meet you. Unfortunately, this bottle was an affected one. The nose was thick but a bit sherrified and 'stewed tomatoes,' Rudy noted. Its molasses, earth and sherry sides were dominant in this hexagon of a wine, not completely dominant but enough to tell most of its story. The palate had some beefy flavors but was lacking secondary depths despite excellent texture. Rudy found it 'beautiful but not at its best,' and I could tell it was real but not the total package it should have been. C'est la vie when it comes to older wines, and if you cannot accept that when you come across one of this sorts, then you should not be drinking it in the first place

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