1985 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru (2 to 3cm fills)
*#3 on Top 100 of 1988* A truly great wine. Amazing concentration, brimming with focused cherry, plum, smoke and cinnamon flavors, all tied together into a harmonious package that keeps echoing and changing with every sip. Beautfiully smooth but firm on the palate, it has the uncanny feeling of power with no weight, only mass. (HS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Richebourg is enormous in an old, heavyweight style. It is a tannic, relatively closed wine, with a broodingly deep color, and sensational depth and length... No one should have any trouble appreciating the domaine's 1985s, which are their best wines in decades, even surpassing their sensational 1978s. (RP, Burgundy Book)
There is a lot to admire in the 1985 Richebourg, is a decidedly lifted, perfumed Burgundy endowed with striking aromatics, mid-weight structure and fabulous overall balance. The 1985 won't last forever, though, so it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Scents of orange peel, Campari, herbs and dried flowers add myriad shades of nuance. I absolutely adore bouquet here. (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A stunningly complex, even brilliant nose of aged burg aromas, sous bois, spice notes (especially clove and anise) that are gracefully followed by rich, full and naturally sweet medium plus weight flavors that completely coat the mouth on the wonderfully long finish. This is drinking perfectly now and it's hard to see it improving further though it should continue to hold without difficulty. A great '85 and one of the best of the DRC line-up in this vintage. Multiple and mostly consistent notes though some bottles are fresher than others and thus rate slightly higher. Multiple, and consistent, notes.
98 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "Quite a mature hue with a distinct tawny rim. Another inescapably pellucid nose with brilliant definition. Amazing minerality, oyster shell notes with a touch of damp earth. Just soars from the glass. The palate is focused, harmonious with filigree tannins. Simply caresses the palate. Not a powerful wine and there hardly seems any oak on it. A little sweeter than the RSV 1990. The finish is incredibly long with a hint of white pepper and bacon fat. An incredibly fine wine that is only just getting into its stride. Tasted July 2005." (Wine Journal, 5/2007)