Q1 Epic Wine Dinner at Palena with the Wine Guys. Badly oxizidized and almost completely shot. After five minutes in the glass we noted a fleeting glimpse of it's potential greatness. Another sad moment and great disappointment that followed a completely oxidized 1966 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg.
Drank over 2 hours. Did not decant. For me this was more interesting than enjoyable. Bordeaux like nose of aged red fruit, leather and mineral notes. Similar on the palate. Dusty. Gritty. Still alive, bottle was in nice condition. Medium finish. This held up very well during the two hours.
Linden's La Tache Tasting (Bentley Hotel, London): After the previous five wines which were all brown and pale, this was a real surprise, darker, redder, remarkably youthful looking. Dusty on the nose, but obvious kinship with the ’69. Round, balanced, mellow.
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(DRC La Tache) The wine that followed took it up another notch. The jero of 1959 DRC La Tache quickly laid claim to wine of 2010 with its incredible nose. It was DRC and LT all the way, one of the best examples of this wine that I have ever had. I have rated it as high as 99 points, but that was over five years ago and I have not had it hit the heights ever since until now. Smoke, mesquite, rose, rust, tomato, citrus, iron, cola, vine and more rust were all balanced by great acidity. This wine was so intense it made Big Boy look passive. Secondary aromas and flavors of bouillon joined the party, as did ‘perfect violet’ per Wendy. One couldn’t deny the style or greatness of DRC here; kudos once again to the greatest producer of wine in the world (98+J).
(DRC La Tache) There was one last wine to this night, a 1959 DRC La Tache redux, from the same batch as the bottle served two nights prior at Per Se. It was also gamy with a bit of stew and raisin at first. Mr. Happy noted ‘sous bois city.’ It opened up into aromas of bouillon, autumn, earth, a pinch of cola and wild greens. The palate was insanely good – rich, hearty and fatty like a good piece of sashimi, with awesome concentration, hearty garden flavors and superb acidity. It both danced and boxed, to continue an analogy from the first evening. This was special stuff, and it may not have been a 100% perfect bottle, either, but it didn’t matter(97). What a week and many thanks to Mr. Happy. Encore encore! I think you need to turn fifty again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that…
(DRC La Tache) A 1959 DRC La Tache was a most welcome way to say goodbye to Burgundy. This bottle was a bit affected, but still outstanding. It was quite meaty, almost like meat liqueur, beefy yet tropical as well. There was a touch of cork, and a hint of maderization as well, but it was a fine line between that and gamy. The palate was rich and hearty, brawny and soupy. It had the most muscle of any Burgundy so far, and the most serious acidity of the night as well; in these regards, it was no contest. The inherent greatness of this wine was evident despite it being gamier than usual and despite it having some cork issues
(DRC La Tache) The 1959 La Tache that followed was equally incredible. Actually ‘redunkulous,’ as I eloquenty put it. The nose was rich, hearty and intense, full of incredible iron, rose and Worcestershire aromas along with menthol, rose, leather and ‘meaty sausage’ per Dasha. Again, I eloquently wrote, ‘YIKES,’ meaning that this wine was so good that it was scary. The palate was rich, fleshy and gamy, possessing huge t n’a and enough power to take over most third world countries. It was bottle number 9775, for those of you that are curious. This could only be a Big Boy or Big Mike bottle, I forget sorry
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) What a wine! It's actually a little deeper in colour than all the preceding wines - until you reach the 1990. The sweet nose has truffles and subtle rose petals, slowly expanding to provide a wonderful panorama of notes. Again beautiful texture and volume in the mouth, there's even still a bite of tannin in the finish. Once again a wine that builds and builds in the mouth - Bravo. On this showing as good as the 1978 even if the 78 has a little more aromatic intensity.
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