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Community Tasting Notes (3) Median Score: 96 points

  • Nothing lasts forever. That is sad to say as this bottle is so pricey today. Not oxidized, but clearly this was past its prime as most of what remained was the light, floral, citrus, lime and mineral nose. The wine was light and ending with tart, dry, chalky, lemon sensation. All things considered, I know this was an honor to taste. But it is, what it is... If you have a bottle and want to drink it, it's not going to get better from here.

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  • One of the best bottles of my life to date. My goodness. So intense, you could have thought it was a red wine. So free and flowly, it was dancing on the tongue. At one point, 45 minutes or so after pouring, it exploded and all the marzipan butteriness come out profusely. Yet with control, confidence, and purpose. The table went silent and each diner looked at his glass, entering a trans / communion with the wine. One of those rare, quasi-religious experiences. Bravo!

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  • Butterscotch, nuts, orchard fuits, lime, and popcorn here. Smoky minerals and more savory on the nose than previous offerings. A tremendous amount of palate presence here, almost grippy, and meaty if I have ever seen meatiness in a Chardonnay. A brilliant and mature wine that demands your focus. At its age, a totally different expression of the vineyard than the younger wines, that forces you to both think and passively enjoy its greatness. Would be great with food, and I love the savory flavors. Stylistically, I wonder if the ’96 will turn into this wine? 96pts

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: Romanée-Conti and Montrachet (Feb 2015), 11/1/2014, (See more on Vinous...)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2009, Part IV, 3/7/2009 94M points

    (DRC Montrachet) A magnum of 1982 DRC Montrachet came knocking thanks to Jonathan, and everyone eagerly answered the door. The nose was open and aromatic, round and sweet with smoky and buttery tendencies. Additional aromas of white mesquite, iodine and hospital gauze emerged in this complex white. The palate was rich, round, smoky and buttery, although a bit yeasty with a touch of morning mouth flavors. Mike and Rob hailed it as the best white so far.
  • By John Kapon
    Dinner with Wolf, 10/5/2008 95 points

    (DRC Montrachet) The 1982 DRC Montrachet had a deep color and fantastic nose with an amazing balance of smoke and sweetness. Aromas of forest and Szechuan oil without the spicy edge graced its regal nose, along with butter, caramel and honey. Its palate was rich and sweet with lots of root vegetable flavors. Wolf found that it ‘shows botrytis,’ but its sweetness was not over the top, and it was in a perfect spot at age 26. The acisity was still solid even though the wine just melted in the mouth. There was great dust expression as well as well as toffee crunch flavors, and a ‘scotch-like complexity’ per Justin. Hints of mesquite rounded out this rich, supple and perfect expression of mature Montrachet (95).
  • By John Kapon
    Top 100 Weekend, Year III, 1/3/2007 94 points

    (DRC Montrachet) had a great nose, nutty and full of minerals, baked earth and white fruits. Flavors of white corn and yellow fruits beautifully decorated its elegant palate, which was lighter than I expected after its nose but still delicious. ‘Smooth and ready’ someone observed

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