TN: 1934 and 1943 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

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TN: 1934 and 1943 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

Post  Rich K0rzenk0 on Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:56 am

had some of the old school boys over tonight and it turned into a special night of nostalgia so we had to go in style...

1934 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti:

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 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.

1943 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti:
In the glass this was a near replica to the '34, deep Garnet-AMber-Brown but a bit less opaque. The nose here was starting to show signs of oxidation but nothing substantial, earthy wet leather, an odd citrus note and ginger. Again, I wasn't writing any notes while drinking this came across to me as an earthy caramel, black cherry and dried figs. Again, freak'n amazing.

This is not something you put a number on.


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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:00 am

Wow, amazing night indeed!

How long did you have those open? Don't many super old wines get much of the fruit back after an hour or two of air? I recall the '66 Patriarche that was all barnyard and funk when opened, and the fruit just came out like crazy an hour later. Obviously these are much older, but I'd think the concept might still apply.

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Post  Rich K0rzenk0 on Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:09 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:Wow, amazing night indeed!

How long did you have those open? Don't many super old wines get much of the fruit back after an hour or two of air? I recall the '66 Patriarche that was all barnyard and funk when opened, and the fruit just came out like crazy an hour later. Obviously these are much older, but I'd think the concept might still apply.

Thanks!

Decant was near a half an hour, mostly because we were bullshitting. Overall, last sip for me was about and hour and change after the bottle was opened. We went around and had two glasses a piece of each and the second round was definitely much more open (starting around the hour mark). The fruit was definitely not that strong, it was more secondary and/or developed characteristics that permeated these bottles.

From some past experience with bottles this age, they go down hill fast so we were trying to balance out giving enough time to breathe yet not fall apart while we were too busy insulting each other mothers.
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Post  Glenn Levine on Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:24 pm

Rich - how did you find these bottles man?
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Post  Rich K0rzenk0 on Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:58 pm

Glenn Levine wrote:Rich - how did you find these bottles man?

Hey Glen, the short story, got damn lucky! My dad knows a family from old world money and the patriarch passed on. His wine cellar was ridonculous, yet alone their estate, and he was helping them organize a move. Since it was all going, I was able to get in and get a small claim of bottles. Among the most interesting was that 1906 Haut-Brion we spoke about last month, these two here and about a case and change of German/Alsatian Rieslings dating as far back as '38. I wasn't entirely confident that they would be alive and kicking but so far I've been proven wrong on almost everything that I've opened.
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Post  Glenn Levine on Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:23 pm

Rich K0rzenk0 wrote:
Glenn Levine wrote:Rich - how did you find these bottles man?

Hey Glen, the short story, got damn lucky! My dad knows a family from old world money and the patriarch passed on. His wine cellar was ridonculous, yet alone their estate, and he was helping them organize a move. Since it was all going, I was able to get in and get a small claim of bottles. Among the most interesting was that 1906 Haut-Brion we spoke about last month, these two here and about a case and change of German/Alsatian Rieslings dating as far back as '38. I wasn't entirely confident that they would be alive and kicking but so far I've been proven wrong on almost everything that I've opened.

it moved a little when i read this.
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Re: TN: 1934 and 1943 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

Post  Bill Tex Landreth on Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:14 am

Awesome score.

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Post  Bob Wood on Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:25 am

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:Awesome score.
Epic.
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Re: TN: 1934 and 1943 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

Post  Nathan Smyth on Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:50 pm

A little off-topic, but there's something about that year - "1943" - and the ambient events overshadowing the making of that wine, which would give me just a little pause.

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