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Community Tasting Notes (2) Avg Score: 99 points

  • The Thirteenth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, Ontario, Canada): A legend....supposedly Aubert de Villaine's favourite vintage of Romanee Conti.
    This wine is so present and accounted is going no where. Purchased from the Doris Duke Collection (wines brought over from France in the late 1930s pre-WWII and stored impeccably) this wine exhibited dried flowers, soy, earth, minerals, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, flowers and stems.
    On the palate this was so rich and lush with white pepper, cherry, stems, dried flowers, soy, earth, minerals, raspberry and strawberry. Palate is so complex....with layers of flavour. So much going on but also so focused and "together"
    Finish is never ending...finished only by the next sip. Wow, a legend. Humbled again.

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  • Pouring this into a glass is a treat and a half, its a deep Garnet-Amber-Brown. Overall, nose is earthy wet leather, some barnyard and dried fruit. Now I wasn't writing any specific notes while drinking this but can certainly recall walnuts with an earthy depth, rusty, no real fruit at this point, refined and smooth. Freak'n amazing. You can't score this, its well beyond that.

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  • By John Kapon
    Bad Boy Birthday Bash, 7/16/2009 95+A points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) I got a swallow of the 1934 DRC Romanee Conti that somehow I missed prior. It was only a swallow, so forgive the brief note. This wine has been amongst the greatest of my life, and while this bottle was great, it was a bit affected and browned around the edges. There were unique pizza oven aromas, which were probably in their tertiary or later stages by the time I got to taste. The palate was thick, rich, saucy and oily with flavors of orange zest, slate and port
  • By John Kapon
    Big Boy Does Los Angeles, 4/12/2008 99 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) I only mustered up one official note for the four wines, which seemed to take all my note-taking skills with it. The 1934 DRC Romanee Conti was monumental, as it should be. The nose was rich and intense beyond belief; aromas of cigar, cherry and a touch of cat’s pee went with the usual rose, menthol, citrus, rust and animal of great old RC. The palate had ‘insane’ intensity; one sip made me write, ‘99 points no question,’ the second time I have had that impression for this incredible vintage. Hey wait a second, both times I was with Allen! Man, the Burghound does know how to sniff out the right events to come to ï??. Thick, earthy, spiny and spicy, this wine sent shivers up and down my spine. If there ever were a wine to challenge the 1945 as ‘best wine I have ever had,’ it would be this bottle of 1934. If every person on earth could drink a wine like this, the world would be a much better place
  • By John Kapon
    A Double-Blind Dinner of A Lifetime, Big Boy Style, 6/3/2007 97 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) The third wine of this flight was another ‘insane’ wine. The spine, rust, iodine and vitamin aromas and flavors were divine. Its finish was lengthy and full of breed. It was another incredible wine, this time a 1934 DRC Romanee Conti, of course. While it was not the near-perfect bottle that I had from Roy at Cru eighteen months ago, it was still extraordinary, although Rudy brought the No Joy, No Luck Club to the party with ‘not the energy and color of most ’34 RC’s.’ It was only my second time, and both times were spectacular, buddy
  • By John Kapon
    Top 100 Weekend Teaser, 11/13/2005 99 points

    (Romanee Conti) It immediately got a 'woof' from the Burghound and a 'serious' from Big Boy. There were lots of oohs, aahs and even a 'sexy' from Julianne. Wait a second, she was talking about me, sorry. The nose was incredible with all the classic DRC rust and iron along with a perfect pinch of citrus. The palate was amazing with smoky, meaty, rich, oily, nutty and earthy flavors. Super intense and long, its palate's rust and leather qualities were great and even had Burghound dreaming of perfection

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