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Community Tasting Notes (46) Avg Score: 96.8 points

  • The bottle looked like hell - the label was ripped and quite a mess, but the wine did not show that damage, it was still tasting young and oh so pure. Not primary anymore, but with plenty of freshness. Elegance is amazing, regal qualities here.

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  • Smooth black fruits with black cherry and black raspberry predominate. Background clove and baking spices. A very polished wine, quite svelte on the palate but not lacking in depth. A baby when compared to the '71, this should only get better with time.

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  • It is a curious scene, an exotic garden perched high on a cliff. First, around the periphery, green tomatoes, a little eucalyptus, vegetal. Then an inner circle of underbrush and some mushrooms, umami. But right in the centre, are shrubs of red berries, a deep fragrance emitting from the core, and a ballerina standing en point, delicate yet strong, in sublime balance. She starts with a pirouette, you are in awe, mesmerized by the elegance of her dance... You take a breath, and look away, she is turning, faster and faster, but she loses her footing somehow. You reach out to catch her, but it's too late, as she falls dramatically off the precipice.

    La Tache has a nose that's fresh and alive, light tannins still present, an assortment of flavors layered and textured to reveal a core of fragrant red fruit. Infinitely elegant when first poured, while this should still be relatively young, the wine does not stand up well to the air, and unfortunately tapers off quite abruptly with some time in the glass.

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  • La Tache dinner (The Boardl Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Most powerful and intense nose. Incredibly youthful nose displaying perfectly ripe red cherries, cherry tart, mint, licorice, hoisin, black tea, intense sweet dark spices and sweet incense. Infinite layers of fruits, contrasting the nose, the fruit is jammy black, also a mint, so much fruits that acidity and tannins are completely masked. The finish is extremely long. For me, the enjoyment comes from experiencing the greatness as it needs another decade to be ready. Total sensory overload.

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  • A glorious nose with spice, nutmeg, hoisin and a great cut of cherry fruit. Still so youthful with beautiful cherry fruit and so much breed and class. Silky and crisp in texture with a strong mineral content which leads to a phenomenally complex, layered finish with notes of clove, cherry spice, exotic flowers and stony minerals. Magnificently balanced and utterly delicious and fine. Probably 10 more years to reach its apogee which should easily merit 100 points.

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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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