Clean. Clear. Extreme intensity, lots and lots of concentration, heavy but weigthless still. Lots of fruit and minerality, this wine sings. Seamless and after a while it develops top notes. The tannins are ripe and fine, the acidity is just perfect and carries the wine like nothing. The finish is extreme, almost two minutes. This is one of the best wines I've ever had.
La Tache dinner (The Boardl Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Upon release, this wine quickly shot up to $3,500 per bottle in grey market. I was fortunate to try a few off a number of restaurant lists. Very youthful but very expressive and hedonistic. Perfectly ripe red fruit driven nose, raspberries, raspberries jam, dark cherries, a hint of stems, tie guan yin, perfume and sweet spices. Precise palate, incredibly layered, youthful intense sweet red fruit driven palate impression, silky and polished, bright acidity and noticeable but nicely integrated tannins. Despite the youth, this is very expressive and incredibly complex. Compare to the 90, perhaps slightly less concentrated and not as ripe but as complex if not more and more precise. For me this is perfect in every way. As a side note, some tasters thought it was way too young. I tend to love my Burgundy very young as well as very old.
Not particulary dominant over the 05 Richebourg on this day but still a great wine. Very nice nose of asian spice and earthy notes. Kalidascopic complex flavors that adds that extra dimension one sees with La Tache. Not quite as big structure as the Richebourg, but enough tannins for the long haul.
Wow ! This is some wine ! ! I wasn’t ready for what jumped out of my glass. My initial reaction was that this wine is powerful – stylish – bundles of energy here, and the wine moves in a crescendo of power throughout – no where near ready, but the elements suggest this could be one of the best La Tache’s ever. Most difficult to separate “the orchestra” from its parts – powerful yet simple in its purity.
Dark purple/ruby with a razor thin rim; aromas seem to have it all – black cherry fruit, black currant liqueur – gentle lilac and plum blossom – roasted hazelnut and nutmeg spice – toast - new oak, all in a full and penetrating package of delights ushering forth from the glass; strength and power but at the same time elegance and subtle texture; mouth coating fruit – deep and concentrated – extending well back on the palate; round, rich berry fruit, with underlying solid acidity and tannins; finishes with such length that it remains for minutes on the palate; probably needs another 12 years but should last for several decades.
In hindsight, it may have been unfortunate that this wine was my first experience in drinking Red Burgundy as it is possible nothing else (except another La Tache) will ever come close. Had the great fortune to share several bottles with a very good friend during the Super Bowl this year (along with some Kobe filets) and I was in heaven. This wine (nectar seems more appropriate) absolutely oozed perfection. The fruit was big and mouth-filling and yet so wonderfully clothed in silk and balance that the overall effect was that of drinking art. A true masterpiece and an experience I will always remember.
Opened and drank over 4 hours. Incredibly perfumed, dense and rich on the nose. The aromatics kept changing. At one point it was dark fruit only, then black pepper, then moved to mint then to celery and then settled back to dark fruit, wood, Asian spice. The palate was a massive dense core of red, blue, black fruit that was extremely tight at first and only slightly budged after a few hours. The classic DRC spice started to really come through but you can just tell there will be so much more in the future. The ultra long finish lasted for minutes and displayed a quite a bit of tannin but this was easily matched by the core of fruit. Luckily I have a few more bottles in the cellar and I will not think to touch another one for a decade. A real treat, but definitely way too early.
DRC Dinner 2 (Sydney, Australia): A swirling nose of cherry, liquorice, graphite, earth and after quite some time perfumed floral aromas came forth. The palate is where this wine really showed its potential, it is muscular and wound extremely tightly, but there was brilliant depth and an effortless power to it. There are powerful fine tannins and they are needed to keep pace with the weight of this wine. Of all the wines we tried, this was the one that was most in need of time, I don't doubt that it will be a legend but it may not be there for another 15+ years.
Thanx to a friend who is willing to open a Jeroboam! Decanted for 2 hours, dark red color, very deep and floral nose with loads of spices and herbs, soft and very fine tannins, ripe, well balanced and palate needs much longer to develop structure and secondary flavors. Very classy and elegant burg.
It was interesting to compare the 05 Rousseau Clos de Beze and the 05 La Tache. The Rousseau displayed pure fruit, a great example of a CDB where the 05 La Tache was already showing mind blowing complexity, very Vosne fruit, hint of tea, more exotic than the initial release with killer heavenly airy silky texutre.
Clearly the best wine at the annual DRC tasting event held last night. Nice nose. Hint of red vine fruit. Pretty garnet color. Great middle fruit and long satisfying fininsh. When I first started buying this wine with the 1983 vintage it was $75 a bottle. Having consumed many bottles of this wine and it being my favorite wine in the whole wide world, I'm not sure why anybody would pay anything close to what this wine is selling for now...unless you have more money than common sense.
Having tasted great mature La Taches, I feel sad to drink these wines way too young. However, in lieu of the current 05 La Tache price, it is hard to resist trying this monumental wine at a reasonable price, relatively speaking that is. So Rene and I tried another bottle.
We drank a bottle in mid June.
As soon as we tasted the wine, Rene mentioned that the bottle is a bit closed compare to the June bottle. The fruit is not as expressive but it is more mineral and perfumed. This bottle also shows cinnamon, anise and white pepper as before but also has extra perfumed nose a la white flower extract. It is more sensual and cooler expression. It still shows great concentration and beautiful silky texture but perhaps not young woman’s bosoms. It is very mineral, limestone and chalk. This is more complex and less opulent bottle. 96 to 98 pts.
I found it hard to describe this wine as it had everything that you look for in a young wine. The wine has explosive nose, incredible concentration, sensual texture and perfect balance.
Explosive nose of black cherry, exotic spices, white pepper, cinnamon, anise, stewed tomato, undertone of strawberry. The palate displays incredible concentration, silky texture a la young woman’s bosoms, so unctuous texture and the finish last forever.
It is simply amazing how well this wine showed given it's age. It is absolutely MIND BLOWING. The best nose I've ever experienced on a Burgundy, to some that means best nose period :) There are layers upon layers of spices that hit you when you approach the glass, initially there was some classic Burgundy funk, but that blew off pretty fast. The palate had a near perfect balance, with some age it will probably be perfect. Black Cherry, Vanilla, Leather and Forest Floor are most noticeable to me, but the tell tale sign of a great wine is that fact that the longer you sit with it, the more adjectives you can add.