'85 DRC Romanee-Conti - Bright ruby red with orange/tawny at the edge. I can't pull my nose out of this glass! On the hypnotic nose, gorgeous spices - cinnamon and cloves. And flowers, wonderful fresh-cut flowers. And cherries, which followed onto the palate. Essence of cherries with a touch of ripe plum and candied cranberries. This wine is perfectly resolved. On the palate, it is like silk. Seamless. It has perfect balance with acidity and tannin like the bone structure of a supermodel. There is also damp forest floor with wet leaves and wild mushrooms. With time in the glass, the wine opens further with a warm embrace. Perfection. 100 pts.
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(DRC Romanee Conti) There was a bit of cobweb to the nose at first, but once it opened up, it got a 'six stars' from Big Boy and a 'not even fair' from Robert Bohr. Its nose was earthy, musky and meaty, bordering on seepy. I found it also a bit dirty but in a 'xxx' way. The palate had extraordinary concentration as only RC does; so rich, long, briny, earthy and meaty with a syrup-like concentration. The last two wines reminded me about Allen Meadows' keen observation about the difference between La Tache and Romanee Conti, how 'La Tache goes to you while you must go to RC.' I enjoyed the 1983 LT better on this night but would clearly take the 1985 RC long term
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