Wow, a perfect bottle of this wine! Quite faded on the edges but a good ruby color at the core. Has an incredible old nose of soft cherries, horse leathers and crushed Autumn leaves. On the palate, it is so open and giving with flavors of sweet, dank cherries and old forest decay. It is soft and subtle but with a great side of the tongue intensity. Not as complex or intense as younger Burgundy but it is sooo smooth and silky at this stage. The finish has a bit of a burnt wood character. Fascinating to taste this. Beau Rivage, Geneva 6/14.
bought from two German brothers who had inherited their father’s cellar) Excellent bottles – DRC only made 606 bottles of 1923 Dark, brownish red with clean, light nose with leather, forest and cherry. This wine was easy and gorgeous. Elegant, long and expanding on the finish, it almost explodes in your mouth while being smooth as silk at the same time. 98 points
The 1923 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti was actually a Vandermeulen bottling and created a healthy discussion at the table. It was clearly the odd wine out of the two brackets and had a spirity thing going on as if it had been subject to some fortification. It had real freshness and was sweet and earthy, breathing up to show some dried flower and sous bois in the glass. Not sure if this was a fake but it certainly tasted like it has had something added to the wine after it left the Domaine?
Vandermeulen bottling. Almost certainly a fake although not a bad wine. Substantial oxydidative notes, spice, dark fruit, some sweetness. As the oxydative notes receded, the other notes emerged, but the wine remained blocked.
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(DRC Romanee Conti) The third wine in this flight was the first RC that didn’t deliver the knockout punch for its given flight. The 1923 DRC Romanee Conti had lots of ‘brown sugar,’ per the King. Eddie found it, ‘a little funky.’ It was definitely a little weird, ‘a little metallic and hollow’ per Sir Robert. There was still impressive acid and length, but it was clearly not a great bottle (92A).
(DRC Romanee Conti) The third wine of this flight was serious again, possessing many similar traits of the Liger-Belair with a sprinkle of the best qualities of the Gaudichots. There were also oatmeal flavors to this smooth and soft 1923 DRC Romanee Conti, a wine that also gained in the glass
(DRC Romanee Conti) had an amazing nose that was incredibly musky and rich and about as sexy as something 82 years old could be. It was unbelievably great, '6 star wine.' It had so much fruit to it still, yet it was also elegant, reserved, balanced and amazingly pure. Spice, dust, minerals and a youthful acidity all remained in the nose. Its palate was rich, long and pure, still possessing spice and vim. Delicious, smooth and round, the 1923 had a kick of cedar on its finish, and its acids held well
(DRC Romanee Conti) had an amazing nose that was incredibly musky and rich and about as sexy as something 82 years old could be. It was unbelievably great, '6 star wine' as Rudy would say. It had so much fruit to it still, yet it was also elegant, reserved, balanced and amazingly pure. Spice, dust, minerals and a youthful acidity all remained in the nose. Its palate was rich, long and pure, still possessing spice and vim. Delicious, smooth and round, the 1923 had a kick of cedar on its finish, and its acids held well
(DRC Romanee Conti) Last and certainly not least was a spectacular bottle of 1923 DRC Romanee Conti. It was everything one could hope for from a great, old Conti. The haunting bouquet of old, wilting roses, grilled meat, old book, Worcestershire, leather, tender cherry fruit, animal…the nose kept going and going, literally haunting the whole room. It still had tremendous concentration and noticeable acidity that was strong enough to carry the kaleidoscopic spectrum of aromas and flavors. It was well worth the extra hour Big Boy made us wait for it as he lectured the night away.
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