Annual DRC tasting dinner in Stockholm, to check out the 2012’s. Since one of the two La Tâche 2012 bottles opened tonight was corked (first time I have experienced a corked La Tâche) a bottle of 2010 was opened as “compensation”. I have had this wine before, and it is without any doubt one of my top three wines, ever! Last time I had it was 1,5 years ago, and this was surprisingly developed since then. The color showed a much more advanced color than I would have ever expected, almost as if it was 10 – 15 years older than it is. I perhaps guessed that this should be much less expressive and open than it showed. The nose is to die for, with such depth and still such airy and clean, with sexy feminine bright red berries, perfume, transcendental & lovely red flowers, roses, rose petals, dusty dry quarry minerals, touch of pencil lead, deeper dark cherries. Layer after layer of incredible perfume and scents. Best nose in a young wine I have ever experienced. Palate just roars of an exceptional Grand Vin. The transparency and lightness in combination with the power and depth are beyond words. The silky fruit, the spicy stems, the fine oak, the femininity together with the power and flesh of the fruit, in combination with the airy and transparent roses and flowers, the acidity and minerallity is of a kind and combination that can’t be describe in words, but has to be experienced. This is perfection in a bottle, almost alien, completely of the charts intoxicating. Advanced, but still young, in a weird combination, showing youth but also development. A wine that I would drink any day, from today until the end of time. (100 – 100+)
Je confirme, la 2eme bouteille servie ce soir la était absolument fabuleuse alors que la première présentait probablement un petit défaut. un vin majestueux et une texture d'un velouté vraiment incroyable.
Note Audouze : La Tâche domaine de la Romanée Conti 2010 a une robe plus profonde. Le nez est relativement peu précis. En bouche, on est loin de l'idéal, avec de l'acidité, de l'amertume. Le vin est assez ingrat, d'un plaisir limité. Le vin est "crunché", réduit. En remuant fortement le verre, on voit apparaître la profondeur d'un fruit noir bien riche. Même s'il est rigide, on voit la promesse et la persistance extrême. Nous apprenons que notre bouteille est nettement moins bonne que l'autre servie
Horizontale Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2010 (Toqué! Montréal): Un vin incroyablement complexe au premier contact. La signature du Domaine sur ce millésime est évidente : parfum hypnotisant, floral, fruits rouges, finesse et élégance, équilibre d’école, et aérien. Un vin plus concentré que le Romanée-Conti servi à ses côtés. Finale explosive. 96-97
Lovely sexy nose! Red berries, spices, perfume, tea, roses, burnt underbrush, expensive oak and punani. Lovely flavours :-) Very good acidity. Lovely mineral :-) But very light for a La Tache. Extremely feminim and subtle. My experience is that La Tache have more power to it than this one. To explain the energy in this wine I have to compare it to a Tsunami that never hit the shore. Extreme energy reveals in the middle of the ocean at the depth of 10000 ft, but you don't see more than a crumble on the surface. This is a school book example of transparency. Some green stalks that give this masterpiece more backbone. Long, long finish. Red berries left in my mouth :-)
This will be a perfect score in say 20 years. I must say that this wine performs even better today, april 21. The DRC 2010 is starting to close the door. My recommendation is to wait until 2019 - 2020.
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(DRC La Tache) When in Burgundy, time cannot be better spent than with Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanee Conti. I had the pleasure of a morning visit with Aubert, who is serious yet compassionate, always full of knowledge and wisdom, and a true ambassador for Burgundy. Whenever I think of Aubert, I think of the word gentleman, as he defines it. I will only write up one 2010, the 2010 DRC La Tache. I could have written up the RC, but we all know that La Tache is usually better for the first thirty years :). This wine snapped, crackled and whipped its way to my heart. Its terroir screamed inside my glass; the acidity was superb. It lingered like an intense orgasm, its black fruit dripping all over. I better stop there. I usually don’t give big scores to young wines, but the 2010 La Tache seemed like a no-brainer (97+).
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