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  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2012 - First Blood, 5/16/2012 96 points

    (DRC Romanee St. Vivant) DRC gave a double dose, beginning with a fantastic 1978 RSV. This was as good as 1978 gets for DRC, which is a vintage that has a love-hate relationship with many collectors. This bottle was great, delivering all of the autumnal and bouillon greatness that one would want in a mature DRC, along with great acidity and zip, with long, earthy flavors that felt like they had 1000 years of history behind them.
  • By John Kapon
    Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai, 9/19/2005 94A points

    (DRC Romanee St. Vivant) brought for evaluation purposes from a potential cellar, and even though this bottle had a lower fill by 1978 standards, about two inches below cork, the wine was still fresh upon arrival in our glasses. It had a lot of classic elements of a 1978 DRC nose: menthol, beef, wintergreen, leather and a touch of stew. There was a pungent olive tapenade meets tender short rib thing happening and lots of leather, alcohol and beef on the palate along with a lot of vitamins. There was power and lingering acidity, but the fruit was more advanced than it should have been with its leather, beef and earth overages. It was exotic nonetheless, and I saw the greatness in it. It was enjoyable and satisfying but an affected bottle nonetheless. It was sellable with full disclosure and at a discounted price, I reasoned, because it did offer pleasure and was far from dead, but I am not sure that it would be a good cellar to lay down for another decade or more (94A). I guess it was a 94 point kind of night, making it an excellent one.

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