Wines with Steak; 9/19/2008-9/20/2008: The Main Event! My first taste of the great La Romanée-Conti. The embodiment of Vosne-Romanée in flavor, as I expected, and a veritable powerhouse, not what I expected at all. Muscular, tense, and bassy -- more like Richebourg than Romanée-St.-Vivant in construction, material, and broad-shouldered proportions. A mouthful of Vosne spices, gaminess, and leather, with flavor authority that colonizes the palate. Turns more granular on the finish and drips with crushed white stone. As it sits in the glass, it relaxes into a flatter plane with less overt torque, the fruit turns more savory and meaty, and the abrasiveness of the tannin perceived in synaesthetic harmony with the spicy seasoning turns the wine into a rush of sandy-textured granularity that feels only barely liquid. No semblance at all of the finishing bitterness that appears in Michael Broadbent's notes on this wine.
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(DRC Romanee Conti) The 1983 DRC Romanee Conti was a fitting farewell. Exotic aromas of mint and vanilla first emerged, along with some tutti frutti and a hint of rot. It was still concentrated yet also light on its feet. The palate was thick and lush, so RC. The mint morphed into more spice cabinet, and rust crept in. It had that gout de terroir and rich, delicious menthol flavors. Its acidity was still remarkable for 1983, a year that always seems to setll please me when it comes to the best producers. There is no doubt that this is one of them (95).
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