This vintage of La Tache is more exotic than the 2000 vintage we drank at the same tasting. The tea notes are more prominent, and one gets the sense that the 2004 needs quite a bit more time to unfold. I enjoyed it, but it seems unfortunate to be drinking this wine at this stage. Having been privileged to drink the 2004 vintage several times, this is a consistent impression. Drink the 2004 Premier Crus from Vosne Romanee and let the big wines sleep...
My first La Tache. Decanted Nose - phenomenal - stemmy, floral, rose, light red fruit, and celery. complex and not at all a fruit dominant nose. After reading Tanzer, agree that there is also a truffle element. Mouth - concentrated yet light and refined. bright red cherry, strawberry, and a hint of smoke with clean tannins. With time acquires a spicy root beer flavor
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(DRC La Tache) Montrachet’s turn was over, and it was back to La Tache, beginning with the 2004 DRC La Tache.The ’04 was super wound and high-pitched with aromas of crushed red fruits, sandalwood, black raspberry, stems, a kiss of nut butter and lots of t ‘n a. The nose was very expressive, and its acidity impressive. Mark was saying how he has been impressed with 2004s, especially DRCs, in general. This ’04, despite its youth, was really singing, and I kept noting its acidity over and over, a good sign for its future
(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Medium cranberry red color with pale meniscus; big horseradish, tart red fruit and sous bois nose; lovely tart red fruit and cinnamon palate, tight yet; medium-plus finish
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Yield 26.35 hl/ha - or 1,432 cases. I spent 40 minutes with this wine and despite how impressive it was - I didn't seem to find too much to write! The nose starts slightly understated - hints of cedar and plenty of spicy interest. Slowly it becomes smoother and wider with faint caramel and coffee, eventually showcasing nice precise red fruits. Here is yet another character - more forward and ebullient. Super length with plenty of attack.
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