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  • By John Kapon
    Nomadness, 4/30/2012 98+J points

    (DRC La Tache) It quickly got even better, thanks to a Jeroboam of 1971 DRC La Tache. Big Boy had acquired this jero from the collection of Bipin Desai a few years ago when Bipin auctioned it with us; it doesn’t get much better than that! 1971 is also my vintage, and I have had the good pleasure of having this wine plus or minus fifteen times, and it rarely does anything less than astound. This jero was no exception; it ultimately ended up being the wine of the night for most everyone. It had a fantastic nose, dusty at first and tight out of jero. Aromas of meat, oil, brown sugar, bouillon and a splash of citrus all reminded me of familiar ground. It was so young, full of acidity, a fantastic wine with stone walls around its border, just like any good Monopole should have. Autumnal and bouillon flavors blended with red fruits, kisses of citrus and light band aid. Big Boy is never one to be underwhelmed by his own bottles, but in this case, as often, he was correct in saying, ‘as flawless as ’71 La Tache gets.’ Tom Terrific said it was ‘the best bottle of wine he ever had,’ and that was high praise coming from Tom. Let’s just say it wasn’t his first wine dinner J. There was no doubt who was going to run this town tonight (98+J).
  • By John Kapon
    The Big One, 7/26/2011 94M points

    (DRC La Tache) The 1971 DRC La Tache had a nose similar to its big brother, although this particular magnum was a bit dirtier and more earthy. Mounds also abounded, as in chocolate and a hint of exotic coconut. The palate was creamy and fleshy, yet softer and a bit dirty as well. There were nice rose flavors, but this magnum was more tender than expected. I have had many more thrilling experiences with this wine, but that’s the way the game sometimes plays out. It was still special, but this wine routinely hit 97-98 points for me over the last decade, so I chalked this one up to bottle variation.
  • By John Kapon
    Happy New Year 2011, 1/3/2011 98J points

    (DRC La Tache) There was nowhere to go after the jeroboam of 1971 DRC La Tache was opened. It cornered us all, towering over us with its greatness. I have had the good fortune of having this wine about fifteen times in my life, and I cannot wait for the next fifteen. About ten years after having it for the first time, it is still every drop as good. Consistently 98 points ever since I met it, this jeroboam was no different. The breed, the stature, the depth of concentration and character in the nose…it could only be La Tache. Every positive descriptor you could ever say about an older Burgundy and about 1971 in general was right here. I will end this note by only saying that everyone should make sure they drink a good bottle of this before all is said and done
  • By John Kapon
    DRC Weekend, 7/6/2009 97 points

    (DRC La Tache) The closer for the weekend was a fitting choice, the 1971 DRC La Tache. This wine has always been one of my all-time favorites, and it is probably the greatest wine that I have had on the most occasions, ie more than any other of the all-time greats. Bipin also shared how it was his frist great Burgundy, and that the first time this wine was even brought into California was by him! I knew there was a reason I liked it so much :). The nose creamed citrus, olives, meat, oil and spice. Admittedly, this bottle was a bit more autumnal than some of the best bottles that I have had, but the palate had great citricity and flavors of bouillon in its long and fleshy profile. There was pitch and class here, and the acidity still snapped, crackled and popped
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2008 II, 3/10/2008 98 points

    (DRC La Tache) Wow took on a more significant meaning with this next magnum of 1971 DRC La Tache. Its thick, long and intense nose of rose, oil and menthol unfolded into an exotic garden of hedonistic Burgundy. Its palate was unreal, spiny and intense like hot sex with a rusty and minerally vigor rarely matched. It was absolutely, lip-smackingly delicious, as ever, still one of the greatest wines ever made
  • By John Kapon
    A Week of Golden Cellar Drinking, 11/3/2007 97 points

    (DRC La Tache) The 1971 DRC La Tache was the second bottle that I had from the Golden Cellar during my tour of duty. Duke called this one ‘the cat’s ass,’ which I think is a good thing :). It was everything the Richebourg was and then some, with a shade less fruit but so much more structure than the Richebourg. Fabulous flavors of menthol, mint rust and ‘screech,’ the 1971 LT was awesome as always, all that and then some
  • By John Kapon
    From the Golden Cellar, 10/12/2007 98 points

    (DRC La Tâche) This 1971 DRC La Tâche with its Taiwanese strip label was gorgeous; great fill, cork branded correctly, everything about it looked heaven sent, and I was very proud of myself with the notion that I was going to bring this bottle back to Taiwan and its original resting place upon initially coming across it my first week in the Golden Cellar. When I finally opened it, this was a bottle that was definitely shaken, not stirred. Since one cannot carry a bottle of wine onto the plane anymore, this bottle went into the luggage and not only went from New York to Shanghai, but also then from Shanghai to Hong Kong to Taipei the same day it was being drunk, and the bottle was still spectacular. I am not sure that bottle shock is something I believe anymore! Yes, it was a bit murky from the sediment being integrated into the wine, but it did not take away from the wine at all. The experience reminded me of a ’45 Haut-Brion that I had to ship overnight for a dinner a couple of years ago that was also phenomenal. The LT’s nose was spectacular, incredible, amazing... insert your own superlative here. Rose and oil were first and foremost, then there was this ménage a toi of citrus, leather and cedar, you know, the tasteful kind, ha-ha. The vitamins, minerals, spice and overall depth were extraordinary. ‘This is the 71 LT I know and love,’ I wrote. The musk qualities were bringing sexy back, and the wine itself was bordering on a sexual experience. This was sheer liquid nobility, and all these observations are just describing the aromas! The palate kept pace with the nose; first and foremost, there was rust, citrus and spine galore. Its t ‘n a was enormous, searing my mouth with its laser-like precision and possessing enough acidity to go another 36 years. There was a touch of vanilla and cream soda, and a also hint of eucalyptus. Rich and rusty with great spice, the ’71 La Tâche also had a hint of tomato stew, in a good way. What a wine
  • By John Kapon
    Taipei Two Step, 8/24/2007 98 points

    (DRC La Tache) The final wine of the evening was a 1971 DRC La Tache, a bottle that had been to Taiwan and back. Let me explain further. Now I knew Mr. T was an old Burgundy lover based on his bidding history, and I promised to bring a bottle of Burgundy to share on this special night. The week before my trip to Asia, I was cataloguing away in the cellar of ‘The Man with the Golden Cellar,’ the incredible and potential $15M collection coming to you this October via Acker Auctions. When I was inventorying the ’71 La Taches and the different batches that this spectacular collection has, I noted a couple of bottles with Taiwanese strip labels on them, and right then and there, I decided that I was going to splurge. That was going to be the bottle I was going to bring back to Taiwan. The bottle was gorgeous; great fill, cork branded correctly, everything about it looked heaven sent, and I was very proud of myself with the notion that I was going to bring this bottle back to Taiwan and its original resting place. I would later find out that Mr. T knew the importer quite well, as I should have guessed! Back to the ’71 La Tache…now this was a bottle that was definitely shaken, not stirred. Since one cannot carry a bottle of wine onto the plane anymore, this bottle went into the luggage and not only went from New York to Shanghai, but also then from Shanghai to Hong Kong to Taipei the same day it was being drunk, and the bottle was still spectacular. I am not sure that bottle shock is something I believe anymore! Yes, it was a bit murky from the sediment being integrated into the wine, but it did not take away from the wine at all. The experience reminded me of a ’45 Haut Brion that I had to ship overnight for a dinner a couple of years ago that was also phenomenal. Its nose was spectacular, incredible, amazing…insert your own superlative here. Rose and oil were first and foremost, then there was this ménage a toi of citrus, leather and cedar, you know, the tasteful kind ha ha. The vitamins, minerals, spice and overall depth were extraordinary. ‘This is the 71 LT I know and love,’ I wrote. The musk qualities were bringing sexy back, and the wine itself was bordering on a sexual experience. This was sheer liquid nobility, and all these observations are just describing the aromas! The palate kept pace with the nose; first and foremost, there was rust, citrus and spine galore. Its t ‘n a was enormous, searing my mouth with its laser-like precision and possessing enough acidity to go another 36 years. There was a touch of vanilla and cream soda, and a also hint of eucalyptus. Rich and rusty with great spice, the ’71 La Tache also had a hint of tomato stew, in a good way. What a wine
  • By John Kapon
    2007 Angriness Uncorked, 5/6/2007 98 points

    (DRC La Tache) The 1971 DRC La Tache was another one of those magical 71 LTs. It had been a while for me; after having about half of a magical case that Cru once owned, there had been a few tough luck 71 LTs for me, never achieving the same magical heights as before. Well thanks to Big Boy, we were back in the saddle of this Burgundy stallion. Serious and ridiculous came from the overjoyed crowd. The beef, the menthol, the tar, the leather, the citrus, the huge lingering acidity&the 1971 La Tache. It is a wine more timeless than Roger Clemens in that it can still bring the heat
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee Part One, 3/19/2007 95 points

    (DRC La Tache) had candy to the nose, silky smooth in its style, also possessing iodine, iron, perfume and a kinky floral edge. Smooth and balanced, there was tomato, spice, Worcestershire and beefy flavors but ‘no secondary’ ones, as Rob observed. This should be a 98-point wine but was a ‘mere’ 95-point one. The wine was reconditioned at the Domaine in 1996, a practice that Aubert refuses to do anymore, but he unfortunately did in the past on a few occasions before he knew better per his own admission. It is ironic how all these ‘direct from the Chateau’ bottles get obscene premiums due to the ‘provenance’ when most of them are often less complex wines because they have been reconditioned. For the record, reconditioned wines can be great but will never achieve the heights of a well-stored original bottling. I suppose it is better to have a sure thing that is an A or A- than a possible A+, but once you have had the A+, you sure do want it again
  • By John Kapon
    A Big Boy Business Dinner, 11/17/2006 94 points

    (DRC La Tache) was next. The bottle was sound, but this is a wine that will forever be measured by me by a case that CRU had a few years back. I must have had at least half that case, and it was pure magic. Back to this bottle, which had signature DRC menthol and mint in the nose and fat fruit; it was symphonic in its plum, grape, blackberry and cassis mélange. It was very deep purple with the haze. Someone noted ‘bolognese,’ and the palate also had tomato flavors. Even Rob admitted that it was not the best of bottles but still found it ‘5 stars,’ and it was close, although I found it to fade with time. I should note that DRC bottled (and still bottles according to many) barrel by barrel
  • By John Kapon
    Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR, 10/11/2006 98 points

    (DRC La Tache) one of my all-time favorite wines. The nose was incredibly young out of three-liter, so much so that I might have guessed 1990 or 1993 if served blind! It was wound without the t .n a part of being wound. The fruit was dark, deep and dank with aromas of vitamins, leather, iron, earth, Asian spice and menthol. The palate was full of peppermint, rose, minerals and slate. The wine was so smooth and polished, with incredible amounts in reserve, most likely that three-liter factor. The spice on the palate was awesome, and the wine got more and more exotic and pronounced. The 1971 La Tache was incredible again, delivering as always
  • By John Kapon
    Petrus and La Tache, 12/9/2005 DQ points

    (La Tache) was not a great bottle; this wine is always a 98 point wine, and this reconditioned bottle was a little metallic and not 'the '71 I love and know.' Carraway, old wood, iron, vim and vigor were all present, but this metallic edge really marked it. Someone remarked that it did not have the richness of 1971, and while there was some intensity and length underneath and probably enough to merit an excellent rating, at this stage in the night I disqualified it
  • By John Kapon
    Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005, 11/22/2005 94A points

    (La Tache) was next, and while it was still close to an outstanding wine, it was less than what it should have been. This is one of the great wines of the century and almost always a 98 point experience, and this magnum did not deliver that. Eric found it 'stripped' while Rudy found it 'gorgeous, pure and long.' I was leaning more on Eric's side, but Eric still gave it 97 points! Man, why weren't you part of the faculty in high school? There was a lot of innate beauty in the wine and nice earth flavors, but I found it to be disappointing nonetheless

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  • By John Kapon
    Vegas Redux, West Side Story II - The 12 Angry Men Meet the Burgwhores, 1/23/2005 98 points

    (DRC La Tache) of my all-time favorite wines. The nose was incredibly young out of three-liter, so much so that I might have guessed 1990 or 1993 if served blind! It was wound without the t .n a part of being wound. The fruit was dark, deep and dank with aromas of vitamins, leather, iron, earth, Asian spice and menthol. The palate was full of peppermint, rose, minerals and slate. The wine was so smooth and polished, with incredible amounts in reserve, most likely that three-liter factor. Looking forward and comparing it to the Romanee-Conti, Rudy observed .not as much finish, but so much more fruit right now.. The spice on the palate was awesome, and the wine got more and more exotic and pronounced. The 1971 La Tache was incredible again, delivering as always
  • By John Kapon
    weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more, 12/6/2004 98+ points

    (La Tache) I have had this wine six times over the last two years, and every time it has been incredible. It remains one of the great all-time La Taches, and this bottle was no different. My notes began, .Incredible again&hubba hubba.. That should be enough. The wine had a youthful .I.ve just been opened. wave of t .n a and menthol with gorgeous red fruits behind it, strawberry and cranberry to be precise. There was a touch of divine mushroom and truffle as well as a bouquet of wet, long-stemmed roses. Dr. B chipped in that the .71 LT .embodies all I like in old Burgundy, and it.s still fresh.. Pinches of animal, vitamin and game rounded out the nose for this stallion of a Burgundy, with a great earthy edge underneath and a pinch of herbs. The palate was amazing . huge t .n a, make that enormous by Burgundy standards. There was great length and leathery flavors, with tremendous tension to the palate with a citric centerpoint to that tension. The wine was ridiculous, and the kind of wine that if no one were looking you would suck the last drops directly from the bottle

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