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Community Tasting Notes (51) Avg Score: 96.7 points

  • The 90 La Tache dinner (Washington D.C.): Excellent appearance. Pop and pour. Explosive nose displaying decadent black fruits, essence of blackberry and black cherry, a perfect cup of Kona, rose and lavender, so much Vosne spices that it is exotic and kinky, licorice, hoisin, stem, dark spices and sweet incense. This is certainly very ripe, clearly expression the vintage character, yet there is subtle freshness and precision. The stem inclusion really adds lovely complexity at this stage and keeps the impressive tension. The palate is fascinating in that as the wine touches the lips, the vosne spices and the most intense rose explode. The palate in perfect: incredibly intense yet airy and so darn silky, decadent almost kinky black fruit and Vosne spice driven palate impression, just the perfect amount of acidity, perfectly integrated tannins and incredibly long and perfectly seamless finish that ends with explosive Vosne spices. This is so perfect in incredibly youthful way but will improve for at least another couple decades gaining a bit more of sous bois and a bit more sweet raspberry fruits. The is no doubt that this will equal to the perfect 62. Just perfect in every way! Total sensory overload once again. The wine is so intense that the empty stem still remains explosive. Truly an emotional wine that will make a grown man cry.

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  • Tasted en magnum. Light ruby red. Lovely subtle bouquet. Extremely elegant and light in the glass, but its light color is deceptive as it packs a lot of flavor (cherries, etc.) and backbone with finesse and balance.

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  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Cellar Visit and Tasting (Vosne-Romanée): Served blind at the domaine. Clearly from a ripe vintage with lots of power and upside going forward. Most subtle hints of maturity, this wine will outlast everybody in the room today. Big, bold start, followed by elegant textural notes from middle to finish. Very long, engrossing finish. A monument to great wine. I thought it perhaps 1991 LaTache.

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  • Burgundy color with very little in the way of bouquet or flavor. I would be hard put to place this wine if tasted blind. It lacked fruit, with an overarching blandness, lacking depth and nuance. It was balanced in the negative, but not the positive, by absence of any harshness or off notes. I was hoping that the great La Tache would prove me wrong about my general skepticism about Burgundy wines, but it didn't. These wines are over-hyped, very expensive, and most of the time disappointing. If you want to experience the power of Pinot Noir, look elsewhere.

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  • Nose of grace and power, this is a truly brilliant wine in all ways, complete and soaring, amazing sophistication - subtle, graceful. A treat.

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  • By John Kapon
    Nomadness, 4/30/2012 97M points

    (DRC La Tache) The 1990 DRC La Tache was an exceptional bottle, make that magnum, courtesy of our rival moguls in attendance. The Chaperon noted ‘cocoa and dark chocolate.’ It was clearly much younger than its two siblings, with blacker and pungent purple fruits. Its core was intense, so deep and so brooding, with a midnight-like complexity. There was also a hint of good dirty to go with its enormously long palate. Its acid uncoiled like a beast, and its brick flavors were thick and long. Jigga what? This was one of the better bottles of this that I have had in recent memory, make that magnum (97M).
  • By John Kapon
    55 from '55', 3/5/2010 98 points

    (DRC La Tache) The 1990 DRC La Tache had a deeper and more expansive nose, very Sequoia-esque with its forest, garden, mushrooms and stalk. This was a great bottle of 1990, and it was ‘singing’ to Lora. The wood elements were noticeable but not offensive, and while the Lafleur was admittedly more enjoyable, the La Tache was the better wine, but the room was split down the middle, with three votes on each side. The texture, weight and length of the La Tache, though, was undeniable to me (98).
  • By John Kapon
    DRC Weekend, 7/6/2009 95+ points

    (DRC La Tache) The 1990 DRC La Tache was the right stuff. Its nose was rich and concentrated, yet reticent. Very saucy, there was oil in dem dar hills. George called it ‘big and brutal,’ and it was full of foresty, black fruits. The palate had enough tannins and acidity for an entire vintage of Burgundy, with secondary hints of rubber tire. The finish was super hearty, but its fruit and up-front nature were shut down and quiet despite its obvious richness. To be continued…
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee Part One, 3/19/2007 96 points

    (DRC La tache) was big, long and cedary, a touch woody but not excessively so. I have had a lot of variation with degrees of wood and my 1990 La Taches, and this one was in the middle, still indubitably outstanding. However, I hate to be a member of the ‘No Joy, No Luck Club,’ but I have had near perfect bottles, not to say this was off, just variably not as spectacular (
  • By John Kapon
    Top 100 Weekend, Year III, 1/3/2007 97 points

    (DRC La Tache) also had a brooding, deep nose with a unique, liqueur-like depth that I am sure the ’99 will develop over time as well. Oily, musky, meaty and nutty, the 1990 had a concentration in its nose that was unmatched by the three previous vintages. The palate was rich, long and extraordinary; Rob noted ‘powder,’ but Rudy found it ‘a touch stewed.’ I found it to be great as did Bryan, who called it ‘ripe and succulent, all the way to the finish. Powerful, sweet and enticing.’ Exactly
  • By John Kapon
    Petrus and La Tache, 12/9/2005 98+ points

    (La Tache) was 'a poster child for great 1990s, and you know what I think of the vintage,' Allen led off. The 1990 blew away the 1993 for pure sex appeal with its 'succulent, sappy vibrance,' as Wilf admired. Allen added, 'it just throws itself at you and jumps on you,' and it sure felt good. Its sex kitten of a nose was sappy, creamy and saucy full of rich, almost syrupy black cherry fruit. Musk, minerals and iron were there, and its t 'n a were tremendous and vigorous but melted into its enormous fruit. Someone said its finish was 'more corset than bra,' and it was obvious by then that the 1990 got all of our hormones raging. The finish had a lot of verve with a super spine and spice. It had the same structure of the 1993 but more power, and much more concentration to its fruit. Paul called the 1993 'a Democrat' while the 1990 was 'Republican.' Aubert summed up the flight by calling the two 'two fighting brothers, one of strength and one of charm, but you can see the parenthood of soil'

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  • By Bill Nanson
    11/1/2005, (See more on Burgundy-Report...)

    (Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Virtually the same colour and shade as the 1996. The nose starts a little closed, delicate and precise. Wait a little and a tour de force greets you, richer, earthier, spicier, hints of blood-orange. Here is a wine of incredible intensity, it's full-bodied, yet delivered with an amazing lightness of touch. The tannins are still quite young and there is a wonderful length. Unlike some 1990's there's no extra fat, this is true 'ULTRA-WINE'. Sensational stuff.

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