La Tache dinner (The Boardl Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Ken M mentioned that a very well-known critic found the wine to be green in a few occasions. No noticeable green in this bottle, fresh ripe red fruit driven nose displaying raspberry, only a hint of sous bois, stem, sous bois, a slight hint of Vosne spice and earth. Good concentration, fresh red fruit driven palate impression, good balancing acidity and nicely integrated tannins. A bit more earthier than the others. Although very youthful and structured, really enjoyable for me.
First bottle out of a mixed case bought at release. It didn’t disappoint. Similar to a bottle brought by Wilf last summer at Farve’s Paulee 2.0. As I had noted before, the almost pungent aromas of sous boiis, asian spice, floral and stem notes up front. Big structured wine. Some mentioned « not very La Tache like ». The tannins are finally starting to soften and acid is starting to mellow. This should continue to blossom over the next 15 years
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(DRC La Tache) Our overlapping trio of duets finished with a 1993 DRC La Tache, which was richer and more concentrated than the Richebourg. It has an oilier nose, and the palate was long and gritty with flavors of leather and strawberry, along with excellent earth and waterfall ones. King Richard found it ‘very lovely, pure silk.’ It kept growing and growing in the glass, and while this was not the magic of that one 97-point experience that I have had with this wine, it was still flirting with outstanding. 1993 DRCs do have a lot of variation, I should add
(DRC La Tache) the forgotten, great young vintage of La Tache. It really needed some time to open up, at first a bit herbal, very tight and structured. After some time, its density, balance and tannins took over, and its palate and acidity were enormous, even longer than the ’99 although not as dense. Rose, iron and tea all reluctantly emerged in the mouth in this Frankenstein of a La Tache, a Frankenstein that graduated from Harvard, that is
(La Tache) had a great nose, somewhat shy and brooding yet with incredible intensity without a high volume. There was tremendous pitch along with a refined elegance fit for kings or queens, in the pocket, of course. Dalia found 'pink roses,' while Rudy was reminded of '2001 with more color.' There were great stems and purity to the wine, along with mocha, soy and brick. Someone commented how amazing it was that this vintage was trashed 'not once, but twice' by a major wine critic, and how it was declared a vintage for 'masochists.' It seems now as if most Burgnuts are masochists, then. On the palate, there were stems, minerals, rust, earth and length. It was 'sneakily long,' as Allen noted, and it was; it kept going and going in the glass, so fine and 'so long,' Wilf concurred. 'The 1993 is regal; the 1990 opulent,' Allen concluded. I must confess that the 1993's feathers got a little ruffled by the 1990, which was a staggering example. On its own, the 1993 was stupendous
(La Tache) that I have ever had. It was classic 1993 all the way with its intense, long and spiny nose, which was also loaded to the gills with vitamins. The palate was also loaded with vitamins, earth and spine; the wine was more than outstanding; it was ridiculous and the first glass that I finished on this nigh
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