1985 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru (2 to 3cm fills)

SKU #1274438 100 points Wine Spectator

 *#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)  (2/1988)

96 points 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)  (1/1990)

95 points Vinous

 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)  (5/2016)

94 points 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.  (3/2013)

K&L 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)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.