From mag, light to medium red in color, fresh nose of red flowers, cherries, spices and a bit of bacon in the back. Medium palate which mirrors the nose, with good balance and still quite fresh overall, definitely matured but bottle like this will hold. Not sure how 750ml bottles will hold up.
"Open something that hurts club" Seattle Chapter get together (Morton's Steakhouse Seattle): The ullage on this bottle was suspect, so hopes weren't overly high, but how can you not get excited at drinking a '61 Tache?!. The color showed it's age, as did the nose. A few compelling qualities but for the most part it was on the backside of the hill. Still had weight and a great mouthfeel but the fruit was fairly dusty and tired. I was reluctant to hit the flawed key as this was still a memorable wine to try even if it didn't fire on all cylinders.
49th B'day at Mustard's. WOTN. Simply amazing! I truly don't believe you could find a better representation of this wine from this vintage. So 61 isn't supposed to be as good as 59? Well thnik again Buckwheat. Actually I left room for that extra point on a 59 that tasted this good as it would have to be perfect to match this. I've had lots of La Tache. This is the best one yet.
One of the most exciting things about tasting old wine is that once opened it is actually drinkable! This bottle was down about 5cms from the cork, but the colour was a bright crimson with only slight browning around the edge. The nose had a minty edge with red fruit and earth intermingled. The palate was medium bodied, still had nice tannins and acid, as well as the DRC telltale forest floor/truffle quality on the palate. Emotionally this was in the high 90's, however, from a pure tasting experience it graded lower....still very memorable though.
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(DRC La Tache) A 1961 DRC La Tache was rich but a bit figgy, gamier than another great bottle I had recently, perhaps a touch affected, or maybe that was me. There was nice concentration and still some hallmark acidity of the vintage, but not as much as I remembered.
(La Tache) was a bit funky, still full of meaty and gamy spice but a bit tired. The wine had a touch of shit and dirty flavors to it, and although the wine was still meaty, I think that the bottle was not 100%, especially after having a mind-blowing jeroboam of this wine at CRU a couple of months ago that was out-of-this-world great. Remember, DRC often bottled barrel by barrel back then, and many feel that the large formats got the best barrels. So while that jeroboam that I had was in 97 or 98 point territory, this bottle was a (93?) at best due to its texture and implied qualities despite the bottle variation factor and its tired nature.
(La Tache) There is no doubt in my mind that that will be the greatest example of 1961 La Tache I will ever have. It was so fresh, meaty with such great spine and flavors. It left me with a distinct 2001 impression
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