Medium ruby color. Initially, this is aromatically tight and closed but after 2 hours, it absolutely explodes from the glass with a breathtaking panoply of Asian spices, exotic fruit aromas and a touch of earth followed by rich, lush, almost opulent flavors that melt in the mouth and coat the palate with a layer of velvet on the fantastically long finish. This is a dramatic wine in every sense of the word yet it's not at all showy but rather discreet and understated. I particularly like the sense of inner power and purity of expression and this is as good a post '45 RC as I ever hope to drink. It should last for another 50 years and if you ever have the chance, don't miss it!
The 1990 Romanee-Conti should ultimately be the most compelling and complex of the DRC wines. Normally it possesses a lighter color than either La Tache or Richebourg, but in 1990 it boasts a surprisingly saturated color that is the equal of La Tache and Richebourg. The nose offers up sweet, clove, cinnamon, and blackberry aromas intermingled with toasty, smoky new oak. Lavishly rich and full-bodied, with abundant tannins, this profound, surprisingly large-scaled, tannic wine boasts more muscle than usual. (RP)
The 1990 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru has a seductive and very sensual bouquet that for the first 30 minutes shades the 1991. It was picked on September 22 at 32hl/ha. Dark berry fruit, and hints of fresh fig and raisin permeate the luscious red fruit, later leather and sage joining the fray. There is warmth on this nose - it seems to envelop the senses. The palate is full-bodied for Romanée-Conti, supple and sumptuous with plush tannin and a velvety texture. There are layers of red fruit here, touches of kirsch and all spice, yet it does not achieve the same precision as the 1991 or 1993 and like the 1996, does not blossom in the glass and whisk you to a higher level. It is undoubtedly a gorgeous wine, the most hedonistic and exotic Romanée-Conti that I have tasted. (NM)
Densely packed, with earthy, tarry and spicy overtones running through the powerful plum, currant and berry flavors, all wrapped in several layes of fine tannins. *Cellar Selection*
Tea nose. Paler rim. Very opulent but still very youthful. The acidity is currently very marked and still pretty tight and tough. Lighter-weight than the Tâche. Very lively. Neat and almost dauntingly well-etched and defined at present. Not a wine to drink yet. (JR) 19/20 points
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