The 1955 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti poured out quite a light colour but literally filled the room with a perfume of tea leaves, smoke, freshly pounded juniper berries, sandalwood and Autumn leaves (it didn’t really fill the room but it smelled terrific). In the mouth it was very sweet, very fine and very pretty, possessing great proportion and a length of flavour that was admirable.
Magnum's from1955 to celebrate my 55th birthday (Charlie Trotter's, Chicago IL): The DRC was my favorite wine. It started out in the glass, light in color, a great nose of Asian spice and rosewood. As it sat in the glass it progressively put on weight, the core of the fruit came out along withthe spice and even tea and subtle eucalyptus. The color darkened and improved in the glass, unbelievable! It was like being a witness to a ressurection. The wine just got better and better, amazing. It's probably still getting better.
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(DRC Romanee Conti) The last bottle was, I believe, the fourth or fifth bottle that I have had from a very special case of 1955 DRC Romanee Conti owned by Rob. This was bottle number 006782, and it had the most menthol intensity in the nose, as RC is prone to have. It was Kuti’s favorite of the flight, and he got lost in the ‘purity and depth’ of its minty nose. There were also spearmint flavors, and Big Boy admired its ‘iron flavors’ along with its ‘concentration and complexity.’ What made this wine even more special is the fact that it was made from ten-year old vines. Dasha also picked up on ‘jasmine qualities,’ and she was 100% correct. Almost everyone preferred the 55 RC best in this flight except me, though picking a favorite in a flight such as this is really splitting hairs
(DRC Romanee Conti) was actually the third bottle that I have had of this wine from the very same case, the first being very good and the second being outstanding plus. Three was definitely the magic number so far in this flight! The third bottle of this wine proved outstanding plus as well; what was so fascinating about it was its light color. As Bipin noted, ‘based on the color, you never thought it would be good, but it was great.’ The ’55 was a touch fresher than the ’59 with more citric tension and great spine. It took a little more work to get this wine to come to you than the ’59, but ’59 has always been a vintage that is quick to show its goodies, so to spe! ak, bein g the hot vintage that it is. Yes, if someone made a ‘Wine Gone Wild’ video, we’d see lots of ’59 Burgundies; that is, if the 2003s would let anyone else get any airtime! Ok, enough of that tangent, back to the ’55…Rudy noted ‘nougat.’ The wine was classy and complex with aromas of game, animal, meat and chocolate-covered caramel. The palate was great; long and with lovely tea, rose and menthol flavors, it was classic RC all the way and quite impressive
(Romanee Conti.) The nose was ridiculous; both laser and razor-like with its acidity. Krystal joined the party with 'it's like a glass of roses.' There was an amazing intensity of vitamins, minerals, dried Japanese beef, garden and dill that could only come from this particular section of land. 'Gorgeous' and 'phenomenal' were being thrown around, and the wine was also absolutely delicious BUT fully mature with only a touch of citric spice. There were also flavors of dill, rust and 'peppermint' as Rob pegged, and he also noted 'a little Barolo in it,' meaning its personality, not that he had his chemistry set with him and did an analysis! It was quite accurate, actually. Despite the fact that it was delicious, the palate trailed behind the nose in terms of delivered expectations and was all forward with no backward vigor left
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