DRC Romanee Conti 1998 750mL
Still deep ruby. Initially there is a touch of reduction though it rapidly departs to reveal relatively deeply pitched, maturing and layered aromas of orange compote, red and black cherry along with the usual spice and floral notes. The refined, pure and concentrated medium full-bodied flavors possess the usual spectacular detail on the gorgeously persistent, intense and mineral-driven finish. The 1998 RC is starting to resolve its supporting structure but it's not yet there and to my taste it will certainly benefit from another 5ish years of cellaring though note that it should be capable of gracefully maturing over the next 40 years, perhaps longer.