Some critics advocate holding the DRC wines a very long time prior to opening the bottles. That will be true of the better vintages, of course, but DRC’s track record with lesser vintages indicates that very good wines are made in those years. Put this into the mix of the La Tache wines to show what happens to these wines over a protracted time frame, even though the cellaring has bee very good. Cautioned those in attendance that this wine will in no way be as fruity a the previous wines, but an interesting wine nevertheless. Here asre my notes on this 40-year old wine :
High fill, just ¼” below the cork; cork was a struggle, but extracted in two pieces; short air time as a precaution; mahogany color; bouquet of dried petals – potpourri of spices – baked red fruits; easy on the entry, settling on the palate ; fruit beginning to ebb but holding well; acidity becoming more pronounced with the declining fruit; finishes quite long but more caramel, spiced coffee and baked cherry preserves carrying the aftertaste – quite mouth filling and elegant. Certainly this wine is not everybody’s preference, but it remains a sound and attractive wine for those who can appreciate older Burgundies.
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