1985 Domaine Romanee Conti - Burgundy Book #B2 Jan 1990: The La Tache offers surreal and celestial aromas of oriental spices and flowers, masses of ripe fruit, scents of truffles, dazzling concentration, tremendous breadth of flavor, exquisite length, and 20 or more years of cellaring potential. This fabled estate has had a brilliant track record since 1978. Lalou Bize-Leroy and Aubert de Villaine seem to have everything tightly within their grasps, so it is unlikely that some of the lapses in quality control that occurred previously will resurface. I am sure they still cannot understand why their estate is so frequently singled out for malicious attacks, but no one should have any trouble appreciating the domaine's 1985s, which are their best wines in decades, even surpassing their sensational 1978s. The problem is coming up with the cash to finance them. The wines, aged in 100% new oak, are never filtered.
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