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  • By John Kapon
    The Virgin Palate Dinner/Merry Xmas, 12/22/2009 99+ points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) Well, what could the last wine in this flight have been? Hmmmmm. All identities of the wines were revealed after a flight discussion, of course. Big Mike was loving the third wine, which would ultimately become about half the group’s wine of the night. So was I. It was deep like the Atlantic Ocean in its aromatic complexity. As good as the first two wines were, this took the intensity level up a notch. ‘So deep, so special,’ I wrote. Aromas of garden, rose, tobacco, tobasco and even a hint of sweet honey were all there. There was so much t ‘n a, the wine gave off an addictive vibe; if wine were a drug, this would be crack…in theory, of course. The palate was ‘so’ rich and ‘so’ spectacular, deep with a rusty power that made the other two wines fall back a point. It was the one, the only 1945 DRC Romanee Conti, still the greatest wine that I have ever had. As Big Boy likes to say, ‘Huge Cock’ (99+).
  • By John Kapon
    Happy Birthday Don, 1/23/2009 95A? points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) Then there was a controversial bottle of 1945 DRC Romanee Conti. Inspector Barzelay was all over the potential crime scene. First, my observations, in non-sentence form: ‘Aromas of old cherry, old vitamins, old book. Gamy and super old with amazing aromatics and lots of cobwebs. Rose, menthol and mint, all the classic components. Gamy but a touch stewed. Mouthfeel lighter than it should be but aromatically right on.’ Even the Inspector admitted that the aromatics were typical old RC, but he could not get beyond the fact that the mouthfeel was not as thick or rich as his memory served him, nor mine for that matter. It was definitely ‘45-lite,’ but who is to say that it is not bottle variation? I definitely couldn’t say it wasn’t what it was supposed to be. Old wines can be extremely variable, even within the same case. I still thought the wine was close to outstanding, but definitely at the bottom of my ’45 experiences, all other of which have been religious. Rob also felt the bottle was stewed and a bit affected, not in perfect condition but still special.
  • By John Kapon
    Big Boy Does Los Angeles, 4/12/2008 98 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) The third wine was the wine of wines, the king of kings and the lord of lords, the 1945 DRC Romanee Conti. It is nice when two of your best friends have virtually all the bottles of this wine left in existence! Only 608 bottles were made; I have had it now five times (one still to be written up but you will read that one next week), and yes, they were all real. Man, what a wine. I have said so much about this wine before, that I don’t feel bad about my lack of a detailed note here. ‘YOWSERS’ was one of my detailed observations lol. ‘Super intense’ was another. Notwithstanding this wine’s usual perfection and status as the greatest wine I have ever had, as bottle and circumstance variation would have it, I actually found the ’45 on this night to be a small step behind the ’34. We are talking videotape replay, Indianapolis 500 photo finish material here
  • By John Kapon
    Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR, 10/11/2006 99+ points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) lived up to the claim of being the 'best wine that I ever had.' 'WOW,' started my notes, 'AMAZING AGAIN!' Both the 1923 and the 1945 were warm and ripe vintages, and the 1945 even took the intensity of the tannic 1937 up a notch; there was more meat, more earth, more leather, more soy...more everything. The palate was unbelievably long, lingering like what I would imagine to be a multiple orgasm. Beefy, rich, intense and hearty, the 1945 Romanee Conti is still the best wine that I have ever had
  • By John Kapon
    Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR, 10/11/2006 99 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) was more forward and meaty than the Rousseau, with more edges of old book and some boullion in there with a saucy, leathery, kinky edge. It was very exotic with its garden and earth, sweet steak sauce and fresh snapped green beans. Smooth yet intense, long and divine, simply spectacular - the '45 RC had it all again
  • By John Kapon
    A Double Dose of the ROPP, 7/5/2006 99 points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) the third time I have been blessed to have a bottle, all with Rudy and all from one case that he was very, very, very fortunate to acquire; make that good! It is still the greatest wine that I have ever had. The RC was more forward and meaty than the Rousseau, with more edges of old book and some boullion in there with a saucy, leathery, kinky edge. It was very exotic with its garden and earth, sweet steak sauce and fresh snapped green beans. Smooth yet intense, long and divine, simply spectacular – the '45 RC had it all again, and Rudy preferred this bottle to the other two even though I was on the other side of that coin, but that was a very fine hair to be split
  • By John Kapon
    Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005, 11/22/2005 99+ points

    (DRC Romanee Conti) lived up to the claim of being the 'best wine that I ever had.' 'WOW,' started my notes, 'AMAZING AGAIN!' Both the 1923 and the 1945 were warm and ripe vintages, and the 1945 even took the intensity of the tannic 1937 up a notch; there was more meat, more earth, more leather, more soy...more everything. The palate was unbelievably long, lingering like what I would imagine to be a multiple orgasm. Beefy, rich, intense and hearty, the 1945 Romanee Conti is still the best wine that I have ever had.

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