Romanée Conti, 159 Tastings

Peter Thustrup, Founder of the Wine Collector, shares his exclusive collection of 159 Romanée Conti tasting notes for your enjoyment.

 

 

 

14/10/2017: Romanée Conti 1999, l’Ecrin Restaurant in Ginza – Tokyo, Japan

DRC ROMANÉE CONTI 1999

Color: Red brick

NoseSurprisingly young, eve a bit rough when just opened, not accessible.

TasteSoftened up after an hours , more balanced, lovely and vibrant finish. Definitively need another 5 years.

85 in the beginning then 90+ and after two hours still 90+

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DRC LA TACHE 1999

Color: Brick color but less than Romanée Conti, funnily enough

NoseDelicious round deep fruit on the nose

TasteSuperb after one hour, dense balanced fruit, unctuous mouthwatering licorice finish, ripe jammy black fruits. A young wine, not yet at is top, but already very enjoyable now. Superb young inspiring gives energy and you really want to have a case in your cellar to follow this wine over, one bottle a year!

If you decide that this is a priority, the wine is not the least expensive great wine on the market…

95+

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DRC RICHEBOURG 1999

NoseSuperbly fragrant nose, but less seducing than La Tache,

TasteIn the mouth fine elegant acidity, quite closed at the opening, finely tannic, reserved but nice length.

Far away from its peak, wait 5-10 years to get full flavor, but everything is there, but in its infancy

93+

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DRC ROMANÉE SAINT VIVANT 1999

NoseSuperb dry fragrant on the nose

TasteIn the mouth nice but dry, not as easy going as La Tache and not even as the pretty closed in as Richebourg, a step behind in ripeness. As always, always elegant but not forthcoming.

But after an hour finer and more agréable than Richebourg. Anyway let’s face it, all these wines needs more time.

You think 18 years is sufficient, especially in a ripe vintage like 1999, but no…Does not apply to DRC.

93+

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DRC GRANDS ECHEZEAUX 1999

NoseReally nice seducing elegant ripe nose.

TasteSurprisingly more strait that Romanée Saint Vivant, more focused

But again, you can analyse, but the conclusion is wait.

93+

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DRC ECHEZEAUX 1999

TasteAt opening, ripe round but tannic in the finish.

After 90 minutes…

Dense tannic fragrant superb with nice length.

Balanced, young fruit, vibrant, but I admit a bit rough tannins, but young.

2.5 hours, Superb, vibrant in the mouth, magic!

94

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CONCLUSION

La Tache 1999 and Echezeaux 1999  were the most approachable, young delicious and nice now, but wait 1-2 hours.

But both will improve greatly in 5-10 years .

Romanée Conti 1999 really really too young!  Wait 15-20 years to peak.

The other wines in between.


19/09/2014: Romanée Conti 1969, Tokyo, Japan

 

DRC ROMANÉE CONTI 1996

At the opening of the bottle:

Color: Light transparent red brick a tiny bit cloudy.

NoseVery surprisingly open for this tight vintage, refined, a lot of fragrance,

TasteRound, subtle and balanced. A bit dry, not giving all it has yet.

90+p

After 90 minutes

A bit rough for a Conti, but delicious, liquoriche, concentrated almost thick! Very dense and fine, very long and fragrant, still an enormous potential. Vibrates in the mouth minutes and minutes.

Could last another 10-20 years !

96+p

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DRC LA TACHE 1996

At the opening of the bottle:

ColorSuperb dark red, hardly any brick on the edges.

NoseFantastically concentrated, powerful, and fragrant. Elegance and power.

TasteWonderful in the mouth, round, dense and long. Still quite young!

95+p

After 90 minutes

Dark red, fantastic taste, power, black, fruits, licorice. A great wine, can age, almost too young, has a lot of potential, a lot of tannins, but refined, tannins on the teeth. Wait with this one will be exceptional in 10 years!

Now 94p potential of 97 in 10 years

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DRC RICHEBOURG 1996

At the opening of the bottle:

ColorNice red a bit brick color

NoseRed fruits, some spices, very seductive, great class, very complex,

TasteSuperb, round and balanced great distinction, fin and very nice concentrated dry finale.

94+

After 60 minutes

NoseWhite flowers, lys

TasteSuperb fruit, plus the flowers that follows into the mouth, fragrant, intense, balance and great distinction and classe

Perfect now, as opposed to La Tache and Romanée Conti that will improve.

96p

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DRC ROMANEE SAINT VIVANT 1996

At the opening of the bottle

ColorBeautiful red crystal clear red brick

NoseSeductive, but you sent the alcohol

In the mouth, round, alcohol, lacks complexity, but good

92p

After 60 minutes

Color: superbe intense red

NoseRefined and seductive, dence refined and elegant. Nice dry seductive classy finish

After 120 minutes

Soft, you taste the alcohol, quite simple but nice

90p

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DRC GRANDS ECHEZEAUX 1996

At the opening of the bottle

ColorRed brick, clear, superbe

NoseRed fruits, and spices, complex; vanilla

TasteRound and complete, fine, balanced and quite long. Nice finish, a bit dry but vibrant

92p

After 60 minutes

Red intense

NoseFine seductive, superbe, dense, elegant and subtle

TasteClassy, nice dryness,seductive finish

94p

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DRC ECHEZEAUX 1996

At the opening of the bottle

ColorLight red brick transarant

NoseSpicy with clear red fruit

In the mouth dry, spicy, nice refined finish

90+p

After 45 minutes

Tannins nice fruit, a bit short, and rustique for a DRC, a bit surprising. Kind of tranperses the cheeks !

After 240 minutes

Round, granular (not refined) good, but not magical

 

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1929, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Colour: cloudy, quite transparent, red /brownish, Nose: nice but on its way down, Palate: superb, very fine, coffee, old but delicious, quite a lot of acidity, licorice, a bit tannic, not at all like the bottle I tasted at the Domaine in 1987

90p, One hour: 92p

24/6/1989: Romanée Conti 1929, Private tasting in Paris

Colour: red brick colour, Nose: almost port-like, very ripe fruit, Palate: good, quite fat, good length, a lot of substance, old, but round, much more powerful than the 1929 tasted at the Domaine in 1987, despite the fact that it comes from the same cellar.

95p, One hour: 95p

15/4/1987: Romanée Conti 1929, Domaine de la Romanée Conti

Colour: superb rosé, sparkling red/orange colour, Nose: old leaves, port-like, I could sense the fragrance from across the room, Palate: round, soft, old leaves, almost sweet, very nice length. Leaning towards port taste but superb

97p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1934, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Nose: Pinot Noir and Madeira, obviously a damaged bottle, Palate: soft, excellent, but oxidized, good concentration

87p

24/6/1989: Romanée Conti 1934, Private tasting in Paris

Colour: beautiful red brick colour, Nose: rich, old, a bit oxidized, powerful, Palate: full flavour, alcoholic, almost burning the tongue, nice fruit, smoky, complex and powerful, but a hot day today which probably skews the tasting. Very impressive, a really great wine

95p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1935, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Colour: light brownish colour, Nose: oxidized but not bad, but a damaged bottle, Palate: Madeira, dry, oxidized, but a superb after taste, exceptional length

82p, One hour: 87p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1937, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Nose: Oxidized, Palate: chocolate, not bad, coffee, nice but oxidized, long, meaty

87p

18/10/2004: Mixture of Romanée Conti 1940–1996, Restaurant Sushi-Ko, C. Suda, Tokyo

Sediments from all bottles from the Crescent House tasting on 16/10/2004

Colour: very dark red, almost black, Nose: over ripe cherries and black fruit, Palate: very dense, very ripe, extremely complex but still a lot of class and refinement and good long finish

95p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1940, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle guarantee number: 21766 (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Colour: Brick, almost brown colour, Nose: fine but a bit oxidized, mild, very subtle, Palate: old leaves, delicious, but is no longer a twenty year old!

A wine on its way down, but very gracious and slightly volatile.

92p, Two hours: decaying – drink up! 90p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1940, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle Guarantee number: 21758 (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

A more expressive nose with nice old fruit, good balance with hints of oxidization

90+

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1940, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1 (2cm)

Colour: quite light red brick, Nose: smoky raspberries, Palate: smoke, licorice, intense fruit, Beautiful body, soft, a bit of alcohol, long, subtle finish

95p, One hour: 93p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1940, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2

Palate: meaty and acid, a little bit unbalanced, not the sophistication of bottle #1, but after half an hour the soil takes over and the wine is transformed into an elegant, fruity, long wine

88p, One hour: 93p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1940, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Colour: smoky nose, Palate: refined with intense fruit, lovely body, soft, quite a lot of alcohol which diminishes after one hour

95p

19/4/1996: Romanée Conti 1940, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Colour: rosé brownish, very light, Nose: vanilla and soft red fruits, refined and complex, superb, Palate: coffee, very intense fruit, refined, a bit volatile, all in perfect harmony, but thin fruit, only feel the backbone of the wine. Very long, balanced with nice acidity, pleasant. Lovely if you take a mouthful, otherwise the acidity comes through. A great wine, but dry

87p, Half an hour: 90p, One hour: 80p

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1940, Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Colour: light brick colour, Nose: a bit closed and slightly volatile, Palate: dry, light fruit, declining, but drinkable, quite refined

88p, One hour: 80p

16 October 2004: Romanée Conti 1942, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1 (2cm)

Colour: very light red brick, Nose: exquisite old fruit, Palate: fresh beginning then old and gracious, a lot of class, long smoky magical fruit, lingers on, but very subtle. You have to pay attention in order to enjoy this wine.

97p

16 October 2004: Romanée Conti 1942, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2 (2cm)

Nose: less expressive, old but very lively, Palate: soft, fine, classy with nice acidity, superb wine, very delicate

This is Romanée Conti!

96p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1942, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Nose: smokey and a nice subtle fruit, Palate: licorice, smokey, but nice acidity in the body

94p

14/4/1995: Romanée Conti 1942, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #1

Colour: red, very light and brownish, Nose: very subtle a bit volatile, flowers and concentrated fruit, Palate: round, refined acidity, slightly burning on the tongue, smokey, great wine, very long, all very refined, impressive but with a fine, subtle acid which dominates the finish

93p, One hour: 90p

14/4/1995: Romanée Conti 1942, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #2

Nose: a bit volatile but this is not disturbing at all, an old wine, Palate: soft, fine, old but with a lot of acidity which burns a bit, fragile, seems to be declining

After quarter of an hour it dries out and falls apart

88p, Quarter of an hour: 84p, Two hours: undrinkable

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1942, Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Colour: red/orange, even younger than the 1979! Nose: leather, coffee, flowers, superb and extremely complex, Palate : old, refined, superb complexity, old but perfect. Licorice, tobacco, leather, superb refined taste, finishes with lovely acidity

98p, Half an hour: 100p, One hour: 100p

24/6/1989 : Romanée Conti 1945, private tasting in Paris

Colour: brown/red, quite dark, Nose: superb port-like, complex, strawberry jam, Palate: superb entry into the mouth, suddenly growing, but then becomes acidic and quite short, odd, could possibly be wonderful in five years or maybe it’s the room temperature which unsettles this wine

87p?

29/6/1999: Romanée Conti 1952, Domaine Romanée Conti

Bottle #1 (7cm)

Colour: brown, very light, Nose: oxidised but not finished, Palate: acid, refined, a bit sharp, but not bad, we’ll have to see what it’s like in half an hour

84p, Half an hour: 88p: getting better, more harmonious, but clearly a bottle that is declining

29/6/1999: Romanée Conti 1952, Domaine Romanée Conti

Bottle #2 (5cm)

Colour: clear, brown, very light, Nose: superb, mushrooms, Palate: mushrooms, nice acidity and length, all with mushroom taste, discreet pleasant acidity, a little bit too much of it, but good and very sophisticated

89p

29/6/1999: Romanée Conti 1952, Comptoir des Sports, Paris

Bottle #2 (5cm) continued, after 5 hours

Nose: on the edge, maybe too oxidised, chocolate, Palatevery complex, volatile, chocolate and mushrooms, but it has gone off, didn’t survive the trip from Domaine Romanée Conti five hours ago

70p

29/6/1999: Romanée Conti 1952, Domaine Romanée Conti

Bottle #3 (11.5cm)

Nose: oxidised, Palate: no longer a good bottle, chocolate

60p?

29/6/1999: Romanée Conti 1952, Domaine Romanée Conti

Bottle #4 (6.5cm)

Colour: brown, very light, Nose: oxidised and mushrooms, Palate: acid, but stylish, nice and balanced, a nice bottle

88p

29/6/1999: Romanée Conti 1952, Domaine Romanée Conti

Bottle #5 (5.5cm)

Colour: brown, very light, Nose: mushrooms and alcohol, Palate: soft, refined, classy, long with a nice fresh finish

91p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1953, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Nose: coffee, wonderful, Palate: superb, nice acidity, coffee and meaty, wine which is at its best, subtle and complex

Half an hour: 96p, One hour: 98p

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1954, Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Nose: coffee, refined complex fruit, Palate: light, refined, what a pleasure this refinement, quite complex coffee, subtle, excellent. A faultless wine, nice length

90p, Half an hour: 92p, Two hours: 90p

27/10/1994: Romanée Conti 1957, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #1

Colour: red/orange brick, very light, Nose: feminine, refined, very complex, red fruits and leather, Palate: refined, still some acid, very long, very fine and complex, nice concentration

93p, Half an hour: 93p, (Two hours: only the acidity remains), Three hours: 90p

27/10/1994: Romanée Conti 1957, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #2

Colour: red, very light orange brick colour, Nose: vigorous, feminine, very seducing, spicey, very typical Romanée Conti, Palate: refinement, pepper, delicate fruit, but strong at the same time, complex, quite acid, still young

93p

27/10/1994: Romanée Conti 1957, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #3 (reconditioned)

Colour: red, very bright and very light, a little bit brown around the edges, Nose: seductive, less force and pepper than #2, but nice, Palate: less energy, less intense than #2 on all levels, slightly tired, more soft tannins, a great wine but not a 100% pleasant

90p

27/10/1994: Romanée Conti 1957, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #4

Nose: superb seductive nose, Palate: slightly acid, less complex than # 1 & 2, but clearly superior to #3

93p

27/10/1994: Romanée Conti 1957, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #5

Colour: red/brown, Nose: great and seductive, Palate: soft, fragrant, nice acidity, quite long and refined but not the strength of #1 & 2

One hour: acidity but still seductive fruit and very long, not 100% balanced due to the acidity

90p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1959, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle #21757 (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Colour: red brick, Nose: on the nose, even better than the previous bottle 21759 tasted

Palate: subtle fruit which shows the tannins underneath

94p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1959, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle #21759 (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Nose: A bit closed on the nose, a bit jammy but light, dry, Palate: Very little fruit in the beginning.

One hour: Turns a bit meaty on the nose, balanced, perfect tannins. Complex fruit

95p

Two hours:  the alcohol dominates, but a monument. 93p

17/10/2005: Romanée Conti 1959, Uemura Tasting at Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

(Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Colour: red in the centre, going orange around the edges, Nose: excellent, but not exceptional, complex fruit, but not very typical Pinot Noir, Palate: refined but quite a lot of oxidization, probably re-conditioned. Good, but lacks a bit in balance, not as good as the 1976 the other day

90p, One hour: changes a bit, slightly sharp on the finish, not at all what I would expect for this vintage / 87p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1959, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1 (3cm)

Colour: rosé, Nose: quite jammy, old a bit tired, meaty, Palate: tired, fruit but drying out a bit.

A great wine but you feel it’s on its way down, but still a lot of class

90p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1959, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2 (0.5cm)

Colour: very light red orange, Nose: much fresher than bottle #1, Palate: excellent fruit, full of life, pleasant, also declining, but more acidity than bottle #1

93p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1959, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #3

Colour: red, light brick colour, Nose: subtle very ripe red fruits, nice wood, Palate: supple, a bit of alcohol, a bit short, red fruit, a wine which is gently declining

90p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1959, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #4

Colour: red, light brick colour, Nose: a bit volatile, Palate: ripe, complex, red fruit jam, finishes a bit dry

92p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1959, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #5

Nose: volatile nose with red fruits and a little bit of oak, Palate: quite a lot of tannins and nice acidity, fragrant but feeling of decline, has probably seen better days, not as long anymore, but a great wine

91p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1959, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #6

Nose: volatile and oaky, Palate: volatile, dry, some tannins, quite a lot of ripe fruit, but as I haven’t eaten and have tasted 40 wines, I am starting to lack a bit in concentration

91+p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1959, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #7

Nose: alcohol and a bit volatile, Palate: soft fruit but slightly too much alcohol

87+p

18/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1959, Sushi-Ko, Tokyo

Colour: red brick, Nose: magical, complex, red fruits and oak, Palate: round, complex and refined, perfect balance and long but dry finish

94p

17/10/2002: Romanée Conti 1959, Tokyo

(Reconditioned in 1989, provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Colour: superb ruby red colour but light red brick around the edges, not dense in colour, but dark all the same … mysterious, Nose: very complex, red fruits, volatile, superb, port wine and vanilla, Palate: round, old Pinot Noir, it’s difficult to distinguish all the different tastes as it’s so complex, very fragrant, old wood, magical, long fresh finish, but without being acidic. To have 100p it would have needed to be slightly longer and rounder, kind of not feeling that you have swallowed the wine and that it’s still in the mouth. Very intense wine, but surprisingly enough not that refined, possibly they added another vintage when it was re-conditioned

99p

10/10/2001: Romanée Conti 1959, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #1 Reconditioned in 1987 (Provenance direct from DRC)

Palate: Superb, fragrant, nice acidity and complexity

91p

After half an hour: magic, nice refined, but no acidity, clean but not complex, rather fresh, maybe too acidic for the vintage (have they added a bit of 1972?), but delicious and vigorous. Doesn’t seem 100% like a 1959, stylish and complex: 93p

10/10/2001: Romanée Conti 1959, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #2 (reconditioned in 1987, provenance direct from DRC)

Palate: body, alcohol, almost burning, a lot of tannins and concentration, excellent, a bit odd, not bad but a lot of alcohol, acidity and concentration, still quite refined. Surprising, not typical but it has a slightly magical touch, unbalanced, a nice finish, full of charm.

After one hour: 92+p

20/4/2000: Romanée Conti 1959, Retaurant Côte d’Or, Tokyo

(0.3cm , provenance direct from DRC)

Colour: red, slightly brick coloured around the edges, Nose: soft, alcohol and licorice powerful, Palate: still a lot of tannins, not very refined, more like a La Tache, a little bit rough and fills the mouth well. A little too much alcohol: 87p?

20/4/1999: Romanée Conti 1959, Retaurant L’Ecrin, Tokyo

(0.5cm, Reconditioned in 1989, provenance direct from DRC)

Colour: clean light red transparent, hardly any brick around the edges, Nose: vanilla and toffee, Palate: coffee, round, superb, long, fat but a bit strange, toffee finish, suprising, young and old at the same time, slightly burning dense toffee taste. Better than last time I tasted it, but strong (probably reconditioned with a younger vintage), fat, but the finish has a little bitter touch.

87p

9/4/1998: Romanée Conti 1959, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #1

Colour: red brick, Palate: soft with alcohol that burns a bit, smoky, but the alcohol makes it a bit short, not balanced in the beginning, getting better after one hour

88p

One hour: 89p

9/4/1998: Romanée Conti 1959, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo

Bottle #2

Nose: superb spicey fruit, but alcohol, Palate: a bit fatter than the previous bottle and more fruit but still quite a lot of alcohol, a little bit short, not as large and long as it should be, a lot of fruit but too much alcohol.

85p

19/4/1996: Romanée Conti 1959, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo (Mr & Mrs Uhemura tasting)

Colour: light red with brick coloured edges, Nose: superb, classy, Pinot Noir nose, complex (coffee and red and black fruit jam, Palate: balanced, refined, great class and not very concentrated but quite refined and balanced, very complex, surpiring wine a monument

94p

Half and hour: vanilla, coffee, refined, great class, dry and long finish and an adventure to follow the development of its taste: 96p

One hour; balanced, refined, good fruit, it’s a great bottle

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1959, Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Colour: superb, dark brick, Nose: volatile, Palate: soft, nice acidity, good balance, almost sweet, weighs on the tongue, fruit and leather, large and very long.

93p

One and a half hour: declining, still great but becomes slightly acid

Two hours: 90p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1959, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Palate: superb, has probably suffered a bit during the storage but agreable and concentrated, a little bit of chocolate.

90p

6/6/1985: Romanée Conti 1959, Private tasting in Paris

Colour: quite dark, glints of brick colour, Nose: refined, quite large, subtle fragrance,  Palate: soft, fine, very long, burns a bit, red fruits, younger than the other DRC wines from this vintage, superb, a lot of class, raspberries

95p, NB: probably 98p in five years

9/2/1991: Romanée Conti 1961, Epanoui Wine Club, Tokyo

(4.5cm)

Colour: light brick colour, Nose: superb and forceful, Palate: Perfect balance, surprisingly young, a lot of finesse, superb length, a bit dry and slightly bitter in the end

93p

10/9/1988: Romanée Conti 1961, Ronsard

NB: Tasted just after having been transported

Colour: Nice brick colour with lovely red glints, Nose: closed at the opening, Palate: not very developed, fine, long

90p, One hour: Nose: more complex, seductive and refined, Palate: opens up, even more refined, discreet Pinot Noir, charming like lace, good length, wonderfully fragrant but not fat, quite restrained and more like a Bordeaux than a Burgundy Grand Crû. 96p

Two: 98p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1962, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle # 21760 (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

(1cm, re-corked in 1989)

Colour: Very light red brick colour, Nose: superb subtle perfume on the nose, Palate: a mixture of very ripe raspberries and light smoke, slightly woody, all in perfect refined harmony. Fantastic balance.

98p

One hour: Still extraordinary nose, on the palate the alcohol is more prominent. Refined, but the tannins start to show through, but in a beautiful way.

95p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1962, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle # 21764 (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

(1cm, re-corked in 1989)

Colour: very light in colour, Palate: perfectly balanced, lovely fragrance, complex, long, perfect

100p

Two hours : still the best so far: 97p

Three hours : superb nose, palate perfectly balanced, wonderful finish with nice tannins: 97p

Four hours : Heavenly nose

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1962, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1 (3cm)

Colour: quite rosé, Nose: complex, powerful and jammy, Palate: soft, a little bit of cork, but which joins the fruit nicely giving a nice balance and length. Some odd dirty tastes, but with good length and quite complex.

94p, One hour: 93p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1962, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2 (3.5cm)

Colour: rose, Nose: superb exceptional fruit, Palate: round superb, a lot of taste, but not as complex as bottle number #1, but soft pleasant with hints of licorice on the finish

93p, One hour: 95p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1962, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1 (3cm)

Colour: quite rosé, Nose: complex, powerful and jammy, Palate: soft, a little bit of cork, but which mixes well into the fruit, nice balance and length, not completely clean, but very complex and very nice length

94p

One hour: red, quite dark in colour, Palate: concentrated and very nice balance: 93p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1962, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2 (3.5cm)

Colour: rosé, Nose: superb, exceptional fruit, Palate: round, superb, fragrant, but not as complex on the palate as the nose, quite fluid and easy drinking, licorice

93p

One hour: very beautiful, a bit meaty, but very seductive: 95p

Depot: Nose: vanilla, very nice balance

8/10/2001: Romanée Conti 1962, Restaurant l’Osier, Tokyo

Bottle # 6226 (Provenance direct from DRC in 1989)

Colour: brownish, Nose: quite a lot of wood, fresh, volatile and seductive, Palate: soft, fine, nice acidity, a bit rough for a Romanée Conti, but excellent, nice balance

91p (when tasting the depot still 91p)

One hour: body, licorice and nice length

8/10/2001: Romanée Conti 1962, Restaurant l’Osier, Tokyo

Bottle #6225 (Provenance direct from DRC in 1989)

Colour: already brown, Nose: apple and volatile, Palate: soft fruit, declining, a bit woody, quite magic, tannins and acidity in the finish, enigmatic but very good

88p

One hour: the tannins start to dominate (when tasting the depot after one hour: 89p)

8/10/2001: Romanée Conti 1962, Restaurant l’Osier, Tokyo

Bottle #6221 (Provenance direct from DRC in 1989)

Colour: already brownish colour, Nose: nice and old, volatile, but nice fruit, Palate: round in the beginning, then a bit of alcohol and seems diluted, but with surprisingly little tannins, this having been said still a magical and spicy wine but with little concentration and you don’t feel the tannins behind, slightly disappointing

One hour: odd wine, the alcohol with little tannins

85p

8/10/2001: Romanée Conti 1962, Restaurant l’Osier, Tokyo

Bottle #6240 (Provenance direct from DRC in 1989)

Colour: already brown, Nose: spices but the fruit seems a bit tired, Palate: soft, not bad, more body than the other bottles, but not as fragrant

One hour: chemical nose, odd, dry, not very good: 84p?

8/10/2001: Romanée Conti 1962, Restaurant l’Osier, Tokyo

Bottle #6230 (Provenance direct from DRC in 1989)

Colour: already brown, Palate: soft, woody, prunes, a bit rough, alcohol, excellent but not magical because too much alcohol. More body than the other four bottles, but not the extra complexity that you would expect given its provenance.

90p

Half an hour: 87p

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1962, Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Colour: Super bred brick, quite dark, Nose: Superb concentrated and complex nose with nice balance, Palate: superb, soft, slightly volatile, round, licorice, heavy on the tongue, a bit smoky, concentrated and fat

93p

One and half hour: keeps up well, fat, round, jammy and a bit volatile

Two hours: 93p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1963 (Magnum), Plaza Athénée, Paris

Colour: nice, dark red colour, Nose: oxidised chocolate, Palate: drinkable but oxidised but you can feel it was a great wine, has been reconditioned recently.

80p

24/6/1989: Romanée Conti 1963, Private tasting in Paris

Colour: red brick, slightly cloudy, Nose: ripe, a bit rough and slightly volatile, Palate: burns a little bit, Pinot Noir, quite long, full-ish, chewy and fruity, but not balanced in the beginning

90p

After half an hour; looses a bit of its fruit, a bit burning, more balance: 88p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1964, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1 (0.5cm)

Colour: rosé, Nose: not as intense as the 1966, seems to be on the decline, Palate: soft, easy-going, light and soft fruit, some tannins, a little bit dry but pleasant, very elegant, but not the concentration and the vivacity of the 1966

92p, One hour: 93p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1964, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2 (0.5cm)

Colour: rosé, Nose: a little bit of alcohol and red fruit, Palate: soft and fine, more harmonious than number #1, but less fruit and concentration, clearly on its way down, but gracious and great class

92p, One hour: 93p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1964, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle # 21777 (0.5cm, re-corked in 1989) (Provenance direct from DRC in 1989)

Nose: Superb nose, Palate: round on the palate, refined, nice lace structure, but fruit not showing yet

98p

One hour: nose shows a bit of alcohol, lost a bit since the opening of the bottle: 94p

Two hours: balanced, but has to be drunk now.

Three hours: very nice nose, superb on the palate, tannins still present in a delicious way: 94p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1964, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle # 21776 (0.8cm, re-corked in 1989) (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Nose: Superb nose, very fragrant, more open, lovely.

94p

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1964, Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Colour: superb red, very little brick at the edges, Nose: refined, fruity a bit spicy, jam and a bit volatile, Palate: refined, ripe fruit quite light but superb and a bit volatile

93p

One hour: slowly declining, acidity comes through, great wine but acidic: 90p

Two hours: 88p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1964, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Palate: old, a little bit of acidity, not very balanced, great wine but declining.

87p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1966, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle guarantee # 21775 (1cm, re-corked in 1989) (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

NB : This bottle was decanted according to Madame Bize-Leroy’s principle called “mise à l’épaule”, by pouring a third of the bottle into a glass and then re-filling the bottle after fifteen minutes.

Colour: Very light brick colour, Palate: On the palate, very fine, nice tannins, beautiful acidity and finish.

93+

One hour: Superb, the airing was beneficial, excellent fruit, but the finish was a bit dry. Nose excellent, slightly jammy. On the palate, a very nice balance and a superb finish. Not yet at its best: 95p96

Two hours: starts to dry out: 92p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1966, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle guarantee # 21763 (1cm, re-corked in 1989) (Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Closed, nice acidity. Wait.

94+

16/10/2004, Romanée Conti 1966, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1 (2.2cm)

Colour: light rosé, Nose: old spices, old cork and leather, jammy, raspberry, Palate: good balance with lovely fruit and tannins, mingling together

Not that concentrated, only refinement, old wine, old leaves and finishing surprisingly with ripe fruit

16/10/2004, Romanée Conti 1966, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2 (2cm)

Palate: superb balance, round with a lot of concentration, impressive, has lost the dryness it had 5 years ago.

Slightly resembles the 1991 with soft tannins, will easily keep another 10-15 years.

94p

19/4/1996, Romanée Conti 1966, Restaurant Vincent, Tokyo, (Mr & Mrs Uhemura tasting)

Colour: red, light orange, Nose: complex, jammy, massive but closed, Palate: powerful, nice quite dense fruit, good tannins, but not young.

91p

Half an hour: concentrated, slightly rough, but then ten minutes later it softens up, quite balanced and concentrated, refined and quite long, not fat but superb: 95p

16/4/1996, Romanée Conti 1966, Table de Comma, Tokyo

Bottle #1

Nose: alcohol, licorice, over ripe red fruits, Palate: fat, powerful, intense, quite a lot of tannins on the finish, very long and tannic

90p

After two hours: complex great wine after all: 91p

After three hours: powerful, but acid and tannic, not very balanced

16/4/1996: Romanée Conti 1966, Table de Comma, Tokyo

Bottle #2

Colour: red, clear orange, Nose: fragrant, strawberry jam, a bit volatile, Palate: soft, fat, balanced, round and powerful, very different from bottle number 1, much more open

91p

One hour: 89p

Two hours: fragrant, acid but refined, young and vigorous, even a little bit too much, not completely balanced but ad a lot of grace. Difficult to downgrade this wine because it is after all a great bottle (has the “sommelier mixed up my glasses?): 92p

16/4/1996, Romanée Conti 1966, Table de Comma, Tokyo

Bottle #3

Nose: subtle and volatile, jammy, red fruits, Palate: soft a bit of alcohol, quite developed compared to the others, has almost past its peak, dries out a bit but more balanced than #1. Great, but quite volatile and soft.

90p

Two hours: soft, declining, very disappointing: 88p

19/10/2000: Romanée Conti 1967, Restaurant Taillevent, Paris

Bottle #1 (3.5cm)

Colour: very light rosé, Palate: soft, old, very nice, fresh, nice fruit, very refined and has the length you would expect from this soil

92p

19/10/2000: Romanée Conti 1967, Restaurant Taillevent, Paris

Bottle #2 (3cm)

Colour: very light rosé, Palate: old and magnificent, but the finish is a bit disappointing however a superb wine, an incredible feeling of the soil.

93p

7/5/2007: Romanée Conti 1971, Hans + Anders Thustrup at Restaurant Mas d’Entremont, Aix en Provence

Colour: lovely red with brick coloured edges, Nose: subtle, ripe fruit, Palate: elegant, refined, a lot of class, but a bit disappointing as it lacks a little bit of the roundness and complexity that one would expect, but still a magnificent wine.

93p

19/11/2004: Romanée Conti 1971 (Magnum), Restaurant Lucas Carton, Paris

(Provenance direct from DRC)

Palate: smoky, graceful, some alcohol, but the unsettled sediment floating in the wine makes it a bit tough and tannic, not as round and balanced as it normally would be, but the wine is powerful, you can feel the alcohol, intense but not the refinement that I would expect in a Romanée Conti. Difficult to say, but it seems we would have to wait another 20 years to soften this wine, but it could also be that the tannins floating in the wine misleads the palate into thinking that it’s younger than it really is!

92p

25/3/2004: Romanée Conti 1975, Domaine Romanée Conti with Vins Rares team

Colour: red very light and rosé, Nose: superb and complex, Palate: superb finesse, elegant, unbelievably exotic, complex, fruit like a lace veil over a woman’s face.

98p

21/3/2000: Romanée Conti 1975, Domaine Romanée Conti with S.Allègre and F. Siewertz

Colour: rosé, Nose: superb nose, Palate: soft, refined, alot of class, very complex, licorice, very long and fragrant finish

98p

24/4/1997: Romanée Conti 1975, Domaine Romanée Conti with Aubert De Villaine

Colour: rosé, ripe fruit, round but not concentrated, pleasant, Palate: round, pleasant, a bit of fruit, not a lot of body, but easy to drink and quite long and nice finish, a lot of pleasure, hints  of coffee. Drink now!

93p

Half an hour: 95p

9/10/1996: Romanée Conti 1975, Vin sur Vin, Tokyo

Bottle #1

Colour: very light red/orange colour, Nose: superb bred spicy fruits, the best nose of the 5 tasted today, Palate: powerful fragrance, gracious, totally refined and very complex, still a very feminine character and a surprising amount of tannins, very little body.

92p

One hour: declines quickly: 84p

9/10/1996: Romanée Conti 1975, Vin sur Vin, Tokyo

Bottle #2

Nose: cinammon, more subtle, less agressive and complex, dominance of lily petals, Palate: less fragrance and more acidity, seems younger than the others.

92p

Half an hour: soft, spicy and tannic, but superb: 92p

9/10/1996: Romanée Conti 1975, Vin sur Vin, Tokyo

Bottle #3

Nose: quite powerful lily fragrance, Palate: soft, quite open, nice acidity, fragrant, still young with a lot of tannins

92p

Half an hour: a bit rough: 92p

Three quarters of a hour: very good in the mouth, soft and spicy with some body

9/10/1996: Romanée Conti 1975, Vin sur Vin, Tokyo

Bottle #4

Nose: seductive Pinot Noir, very feminine, Palate: soft and seductive on entering the mouth, less complex than the others but long finish, slightly austere.

92p

Half an hour: less complex, smoother than the others: 83p

9/10/1996: Romanée Conti 1975, Vin sur Vin, Tokyo

Bottle #5

Nose: a bit green, white flowers, Palate: seductive, smooth with nice fruit but not a lot of body, rather a mineral wine.

92p

Half an hour: quite mouth filling with soft acidity, intense but somewhat bitter and rough at the same time, pleasant but you need to take a mouthful to get the whole picture.

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1975, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Colour: light orange, Nose: very subtle, Palate: refined, light, perfectly balanced, superb, charming and spicey, but very light

90p

25/9/2007: Romanée Conti 1976, Restaurant Laurent, Paris with Vins Rares team

Colour: light red brick orange, Nose: superb elegance of fruit and wood, Palate: classy, complex fruit, tobacco with some wood, balanced and complex, intense and exceptional minerality. A great experience, a bottle that has been perfectly stored in Laurent’s cellars since original purchase in 1979.

98p

11/10/2005: Romanée Conti 1976, Restaurant Kikunoi, Kyoto

Palate: dry at the opening, but fragrant

93p

Half an hour: 95p

One hour: 97p

Two hours: superb finesse, licorice with subtle fruit and good length. Subtle but a lot of fruit, round, long, spicy and dense.

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1978, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle # 21802 (2cm, Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Nose: jammy fruit, complex and smoky. Palate: black concentrated fruit, nice balance, faintly bitter in the finish.

One hour : light red colour, but at the same time intensely dark.

Nose: Spectacular, jammy, alcohol superb. Palate: soft, alcohol, very complex, a bit meaty, fresh finish. Has become much better since I last tasted this wine ten years ago, the finish maybe a bit weak.

95p

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1978, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle # 21783 (2cm, Provenance direct from DRC 1989)

Nose: more reserved on the nose, Palate: very nice balance, classy and good length.

Round and refined.

One hour : 98p

Three hours : 93p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1978, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1 (2.5cm)

Colour: rosé, Nose: impressive, open, seducing, a bit of alcohol, quite jammy, Palate: excellent entry into the mouth, fat, ripe, spicy, licorice, but then a bit empty and a disappointing finish

90p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1978, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2 (3cm)

Colour: rosé, Nose: licorice, seductive, a bit woody, concentrated red fruits, Palate: soft and concentrated, beautiful concentration and length, clearly better than #1

93p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1978, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Palate: soft and very graceful, but maybe a little bit too much alcohol, this having been said superb, concentrated, seductive, exceptional.

100p

7/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1978, Restaurant Bernard Morillon, Beaune

Palate: soft, fragrant, subtle, perfect balance, fantastic finish, can probably develop even more, but already exceptional. Perfect.

100p

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1979 (Magnum), Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Colour: dark brick colour, Nose: closed, Palate: jammy, concentrated, superb balance, tobacco.

96p

After one hour: over ripe fruits, slowly declining, but fantastic and concentrated

One and a half hours: Nose: superb ripe red and black fruit. Palate: still over ripe fruits, concentrated, extraordinary, decadent

Two hours: 93p

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1979, Jeraboam, Dinner at Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Nose : superb, fat, over ripe fruit, spicy and seductive, Palate: soft, ripe red and black fruit, superb balance, decadent and a very long finish.

98p

One hour: 94p

9/2/1991: Romanée Conti 1979, Epanoui Wine Club, Tokyo

Colour: dark brick colour, Nose: eucalyptus, Palate: superb balance, calm, fruity and spicy, raspberries, a bit dusty with a very long finish

96p

Two hours: 98p

17/10/89: Romanée Conti 1979, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Palate: superb richness and elegance, not up to the concentration of the 1978, but nevertheless superb.

100p

17/9/1988: Romanée Conti 1980, Château D’Isenbourg, Alsace, France

Palate: soft, excellent Pinot Noir character, complex, flows easily, fragrant and excellent long finish. A great wine, quite light, meaning not full-bodied with tannins, but refined, subtle and fragrant.

Half an hour: 90p

One hour: 93p

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1981 (Magnum), Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Colour: very dark brick colour, Nose: powerful, concentrated fruit, but not spicy, Palate: quite tannic, concentrated fruit, nice acidity, quite young at the opening.

90p

One and a half hour: concentrated but still acidic, a bit tough, should we wait a couple of years before drinking this? Should be tasted with food.

12/7/1990: Romanée Conti 1982, Cité Berryer, rue Royale, Paris

NB: Bottle opened 5th July 1990

Nose: oxidised which is normal after one week, Palate: a lot of concentration, quite surprising for a Romanée Conti 1982, but nevertheless excellent tannins, balance and length.

After 7 days: 90p

28/3/1990: Romanée Conti 1982, Vin sur Vin, Tokyo

Colour: superb, transparent, red brick colour, Nose: mineral, very subtle not quite ripe fruit (surprising for this vintage), Palate: supple, superb, refined, a bit restrained, very fine tannins, nice length and sophisticated. A superb wine, completely refined and a long finish but not very complex.

Half an hour: 93p

One hour: 96p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1982, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Nose: spicy, superb, Palate: superb refinement but still young could develop and possibly gain some concentration (according to Madame Bize Le Roi)

90p

26/1/1989: Romanée Conti 1982, CE Bgorkegren, Stockholm

Colour: light brick, Nose: closed at the opening

Half an hour: Nose: starting to show nice fruit, raspberry and hints of wood, Palate: very refined, fruit in perfect balance: 93p

One hour: Palate: refined, subtle structure, great wine, pleasant and fine, but slightly unsettled by its trip (just been transported for this tasting)

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1983, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Colour: dark, Nose: game, Palate: superb old dead leaves, a very dry finish and slightly sweet like a Cheval Blanc 1959, a less typical DRC than the other wines but superb

95p

8/12/1987: Romanée Conti 1983, Lejontornet, Stockholm

Nose: volatile, Palate: volatile, refined, perfect balance, good length

P?

18/3/1985: Romanée Conti 1983, Drew Harré at Domaine Romanée Conti

Palate: concentrated and firm like La Tâche but more complex, closed but accessible, incredible fragrance

98p

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1984, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Colour: dark, Nose: green and spicy, Palate: soft, superb refinement, acidic, not very concentrated, but green and tough anyway, a younger version of the 1982

90p

 

17/10/1989: Romanée Conti 1985, Plaza Athénée, Paris

Nose: spicy and superb, a lot of strength, Palate: superb, young and acid, very long, spicy but soft tannins

Half and hour: 100p

One hour: 98p

Two hours: 93p

30/11/1991: Romanée Conti 1986, Auberge Ichi Riki, Kyoto

Colour: Red with hints of brick colour, Nose: superbly and spicy becoming more and more oaky, Palate: acidic, closed, quite tannic, oaky, fruit is a bit on the light side

88p

One hour: acidic, light, not great: 85p

Two hours: 80p

28/8/1991: Romanée Conti 1987, Restaurant Eventail, Kyoto

Palate: long and complex, too young, the wine is too warm to appreciate its qualities

87+p

24/4/1989: Romanée Conti 1988, Domaine de Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Palate: refined, superb long finish, a lot of body, obviously very young but refined

98p

3/3/2005: Romanée Conti 1988, R. Belotti, Domaine Alex Atale, Sao Paolo

Nose: nice discreet Pinot Noir, young but pretty fragrance, Palate: refined a little more finesse than La Tâche 1989, but is as closed, very nice tannic structure with a beautiful acidity, all in refinement but not yet (far from) ready to drink, wait a minimum of ten years

92p (NB: In ten years probably 96p)

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1989, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle # 08877 (4cm)

Colour: Nice brick colour, Nose: beautiful jammy nose, Palate: on the palate, quite dense fruit with a dry finish

93p

One hour: Quite young, but at the same time a nose which has evolved quite a lot, dry finish

93p98

24/10/2009: Romanée Conti 1989, Okura Hotel, Tokyo

Bottle # 08879 (2cm)

Colour: Light, a deep red brick colour, Nose: Nose is more evolved than the previous bottle from 1989, Palate: on mid-palate, not as dense, but a nice finish

93p

9/4/1998: Romanée Conti 1989, Chez Vincent, Tokyo

NB: tasting done before wine being decanted

Colour: light red crimson with brick around the edges,  Nose: superb ripe red fruit and spices, Palate: round, jammy, dense, nice acidity and length, a very nice and long finish, very good balance, very concentrated fruit, a lot of tannins hiding behind the fruit

93+p

After decantation:

Palate: soft, refined with a lot of fruit, but not overpowering, just right

95p

27/2/92: Romanée Conti 1990, Domaine de la Romanée Conti

Palate: refined cherry, 100% balanced, nice, long refined acidic finish, classy fruit, very refined

100p

11/6/1991: Romanée Conti 1990, Domaine de la Romanée Conti

Nose: oaky, Palate: refined balance, excellent fruit, nice length, great class, superb long finish

95+p

6/4/1998: Romanée Conti 1992, Restaurant Dew Drop Inn (Tsubaki), Tokyo

Colour: transparent dark red, Nose: concentrated Pinot Noir, Palate: concentrated and refined, superb, smooth, fine and sophisticated, very intense, nice to superb length, a little bit tannic and bitter in the end, superb.

95p (potentially 97p)

14/2/95: Romanée Conti 1993, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Palate: refined fruit, balanced, very long and graceful finish

98p

14/10/1998: Romanée Conti 1994 (Magnum), Vie Française at Macéo, Paris

Palate: refined hints of wood, long and pretty acidity in the finish, nice long finish

90+p

6/2/1996: Romanée Conti 1994, Domaine de la Romanée Conti

NB: Just before bottling

Nose: a bit of decaying red fruit , Palate: refined, fruity, dense, superb tannic structure, classy and long, but not that full bodied

93p (potentially 95p)

14/2/95: Romanée Conti 1994, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Colour: light red, Palate: very refined, a touch of oak, nice and light but persisting flavour of fruit, one can feel the exquisite soil

92+p?

14/9/1996: Romanée Conti 1995, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Palate: refined balance, great class, already drinkable, oak, completely refined

96+p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1996, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #1

Colour: red brick around the edges

Nose: spicy and young

Palate: complex, well defined spicy fruit, licorice, very long, young but a superb pleasure, Dusty tannins, finishing with beautiful fresh acidity

94p

16/10/2004: Romanée Conti 1996, Crescent House restaurant, Tokyo

Bottle #2

Colour: clear red, already orange, Nose: vanilla, subtle fruit and spices, Palate: ripe and subtle, finishes with quite prominent acidity, less complex and seductive than the #1, more wood and a little bit rougher on the finish

91+p , NB: A wine that should be tasted in 5-10 years

28/10/1998: Romanée Conti 1996, Domaine de la Romanée Conti

Nose: nice fragrance, Palate: refined, dense, complex and ripe, long with hints of licorice, superb and tightly knit

96p (potentially 100p)

28/4/1997: Romanée Conti 1996, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Palate: superb class, refined, great pleasure, very dense tannins, cocoa, long, extraordinary

95+p

28/10/1998: Romanée Conti 1997, Domaine de la Romanée Conti with Vins Rares team (Barrel tasting)

Palate: superb, round and refined, concentrated, very oaky, but this isn’t a problem, gets better in the finish

95+p

3/6/1998: Romanée Conti 1997, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Nose: nice, spicy fruit, Palate: surprisingly open and accessible, fragrant and smooth, very complex

96+p

21/3/2000: Romanée Conti 1998, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Palate: great refined structure, a bit smoky

96p

29/6/1999: Romanée Conti 1998, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

NB: The malolactic fermentation has just finished

Palate: nice refined fruit, graceful, long and balanced fruit, quite impressive subtlety, marvellous and refined acidity in the finish

98p

25/11/2002: Romanée Conti 2000, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Barrel #1

Colour: light red colour, Nose: quite oaky, Palate: round, fine, superb structure, nice length, but the acidity in the finish isn’t completely balanced but quite magic anyway, a little bit sparkling, round, fat and refined, good finish with volume and finesse but it’s lacking “that” to be a true Romanée Conti

90+p?

25/11/2002: Romanée Conti 2000, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Barrel #2

Nose: over ripe fruit, Palate: round, balanced, dense and long, extraordinary soft tannins in the structure, very nice wine but still not the best RC I’ve tasted, however 100% balanced but you can’t feel Romanée Conti’s soil

95p

25/3/2004: Romanée Conti 2003, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

NB: The malolactic fermentation has just finished

Nose: very subtle, you can hardly pick it up, Palate: dense, refined, hiding slightly, but the fruit is there and the finish is incredibly long, concentrated fruit, round and fine, you hardly feel the oak, a wine which is a complete mystery, everything is there but it seems that it doesn’t want to come through

95+p

3/11/2005: Romanée Conti 2004, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting

Nose: vanilla, soft and complex, Palate: intense and fine, not showing completely, quite mineral, the finish is all refined, a lot of tannin stays on the teeth, superb refinement

94p

5/7/2006: Romanée Conti 2005, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Palate: refinement, perfect balance, dense fruit, soft, long, smooth, however young of course, but already seductive but slightly intellectual

100p

17/5/2006: Romanée Conti 2005, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Barrel tasting)

Palate: magical, oak, refined, but beautiful concentration

95+p

26/11/2008, Romanée Conti 2007

Palate: round, fine, oak, almost oily, more opulent than normally at this stage, more fruit, easier to taste, but however less magical

90++p