(Blind tasting) Absolutely fantastic, splendid, magically spicy nose. Full, deep, multidimensional and complex. 100% oriental bazaar with exotic spices and perfume on sale. Wonderful cherry fruit provides backbone. More in the dark fruit spectra. Also forest floor influences and a lot of pine cone aromas. Fully ready! Essence of magic Pinot. Full, Vosne-spicy, dense and harmonius palate. So much exotic Spices combines with so much sweet magic Pinot fruit with both dark and red berries. Lush, seamless and luxury. An absolute purity of perfumed fruit. Very, very long. Marvellous finish. The intense floweriness, the spicy fullishness, the perfumed silkiness, how can it all be present in a glass of wine. Without any shadow of a doubt WOTN, and it also had some good competitors. In a perfect drinking window. The funny thing with tasting Icon wines blind or half-blind is that they in many ways are so obvious. They taste exactly like the books tells us it should taste. You don't have to search for the aromas, you don't have to make an effort, these wines simply ARE. That's my experience with the few times I've tasted Chateau Margaux, Chateau Petrus, Latour, etc, and now with La Tache. With current prices the chances are slim that I will ever be able to try La Tache from superior vintages (just like 2000 DRC Richebourg) and my experience of this wine is one of the 5-10 best I've tasted, I shell out 99 points. In the unlikely event of an encounter with say 1999, 1990, 2005 I'm prepared to lower my score, but not for now.
Served at room temperature having stood for a day after removing from long term storage since release (good to stand and decant given the sediment, so glad I read the other CT note on that). This has a great, ripe nose right on opening, with pleny of fruit showing on the palate. It shut down after about 30 minutes, and then took a couple of hours in the decanter to open back up. Overall a very nice wine with ripe red fruit, rose petals, and supporting (but well integrated) tannin is still in the background, arguing for this to be around for quite some time. Feels like it is in its window, which will be long. Overall very nice, but as with most of my experiences with La Tache, the subtleties are often lost on me and although it never really "sings to me" in a way to justify the premium, I always feel lucky to be able to enjoy it once in a great while. A-
Epic Burgundy Dinner (Boulevard - San Francisco CA): Served double blind. Started off muted and reserved, and while every other wine in the flight got more interesting with air, this went the wrong way. I think was ever-so-slightly corked, even if none of the telltale signs were there (other than stripped fruit).
This wine is singing gloriously. It has abundant fruit, and supple tannins, with the classic La Tache note of tea delicately interwoven. This isn't the vintage to drink if you crave exotic spice, it’s a vintage where fruit is more prominent. Eminently gulpable, and should continue drinking beautifully for many years.
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Slightly bricking medium red color with ten millimeter clear meniscus; sexy, roses, sous bois, cigar box, dried cherry nose; grippy, dried cherry, cigar box, spice box, green herb stems, mineral palate, delicious now but will go 15-20 years; long finish
(DRC La Tache) The 2000 DRC La Tache was ‘a jar of dill pickles’ per Mr. Vegas, but it became curry in a hurry for me. Olive, dill and green bean were all in the nose. Its palate also had dill flavors, but it was fleshy and tasty, on a faster maturity track than the previous three, but there’s at least a decade or two to enjoy this vintage of LT for sure. While congenial and forward, it still had strength and ageability
(La Tache.) The nose was rich in fruit, yet soft and approachable at the same time, although Mark found it .very tight yet gorgeous.. There were loads of spices of stems, cinnamon, iron, alcohol and earth. There was also beautiful rose and plum fruit, green beans and exotic spice. There was the intensity of La Tache with the approachability of 2000. The wine was young on the palate but still drinkable, with very long acids, a touch of rust and a light earthiness to its finish. It was caressing my palate and soft on the front and mid-zones and certainly a very good, potentially excellent La Tache. It held well and the acids were there, but the weight was not that of a great one texturally
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Together with a few 1997's, this is one of the few wines you can really enjoy now that have been produced since 1995, despite it only being released a year ago. It was actually an hour before I started to taste this, I was just captivated by the scent. Medium ruby colour with a cherry red rm. The nose assaults the palate with an incredible green, spicy note - seems to have a lavender component - quite unlike the tasting just over a year ago. Slowly the 'green-ness' becomes more focused as cedar and amazingly becomes more intense. After 90 minutes there's a whiff of smoke and finally white pepper, blood-orange and red berry-fruits - that's closer to what I remember! The palate is impeccably balanced with intense fruit red and black berries. Very long. The palate can't quite match the amazing intensity of the nose - but this is the real deal and a real honey.
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Both the shade and depth of colour match that of the Romanée Saint-Vivant. The nose is at first disappointingly understated and faintly spicy, but with swirling; first red cherry, then black cherry, then blackcurrant, then kirsch, hints of vanilla, then orange – something new every sniff – then the nose goes deeper, showing a little plum and coffee – frankly stunning, who needs to drink this wine? A fat, sappy palate with very concentrated fruit, tannins that are more silk than velvet and a multitude of flavours playing over your tongue – fantastic texture. The maximum interest for me today comes from the aromatics, but this is exceptional wine by any measure.
(DRC La Tache) Lovely nose. Black cherry, super-exotic spices, blueberries, exotic asian lettuces (bok choy). Very penetrating. Hard to place the other scents because I have never smelled anything quite like it. Incredible on the palate. Forceful with velvety tannins and a suppleness unmatched by any Burgundy I have ever had. Concentrated and powerful with amazingly silky tannins. Wow this is exotic stuff. I was in awe. I would love to taste this in fifteen years.
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