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2012 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti
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97-100 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2014

(this was the estate's first Cote de Nuits vineyard harvested in 2012, on September 22):  Dark red-ruby.  Ineffable complexity on the nose, including scents of pungent minerals, black raspberry, licorice, white pepper and noble herbs ("another world," commented de Villaine).  Not a powerhouse but an essence of berries, with an incredibly voluptuous mouth feel enlivened by wild herbs and spices.  This saline, 3-D beauty coats the palate with a texture of liquid silk.  The tactile, superconcentrated, incredibly long finish leaves behind a perfume that refuses to dissipate.  I just about ran out of points for this one!  (I should note that de Villaine said it reminds him of the legendary 1962.)

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