Med dark red, garnet edge. Open opening this showed some VA and a metallic tang on the palate. One hour decant and that bit of unpleasantness disappeared. Fruit, spice and floral nose. Great depth of flavour, with fruit, flowers and leather and roasted meat. Very long and silky, and some grip on the finish. Delightful.
La Tache dinner (The Boardl Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Another absolutely stunning showing. Incredibly expressive nose of a perfectly mature GC VR, subtle sweet red fruits, raspberry, raspberry essence, blackberries, Asian spices, decadent sweet spices, strong sous bois that adds additional complexity, sweet caramel and black truffle. Perfectly harmonious palate, silky and polished, fully integrated acidity and tannins. Drinking beautifully.
La Tache Dinner at Everest (Everest Chicago): Drank over 4 hours. Initially a little quiet on the nose with hints of soy, iron, spice and red fruit. Over time the nose opened and those notes became more pronounced and a minty streak appeared after about 2 hours. The palate was relatively mature with outstanding spice, red fruit and a cedar note. Elegant and full of understated complexity. Medium finish. In the last hour, the finish became more and more tannic.
Ruby colour with purple hints. Starts muted and needs time to show the best side of itself, yet it shows as a young wine all the evening. Nice red fruit, floral, hints of spices and some earthy elements. The mineral footprint is almost too much. Great fruit that put on more weight with time, acidity terrific and the finish is lang lasting - minutes!
The wine has only had one owner, been in a cool cellar all it's life, and from my point of view needs a more time. The structure and everything seems to be there - it just needs more time.
Decanted off medium amount of medium-fine sediment. Red-brown color with medium transparency. Heady aromas of strawberry, cherry, soy, anise, and allspice. The palate delivers an amazing effect of feminine red fruit character with a masculine mineral, iron, spice, and tannin core. The finish is medium-long. Regal and understated in what it delivers. This is quite a contrast to a young La Tache and was a real treat to be able to savor over the course of a meal. Delicious and engaging, but not profound. Drink or hold.
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(DRC La Tache) The 1995 DRC La Tache had some similarities to the ’91, with a more wound personality. Aromas of iron, citrus and leather were more dominant in this thick and slightly square LT. It was still serious, although quite tight and rustic. Jef found its peppery spice ‘overbearing’.
(DRC La Tache) The 1995 DRC La Tache had crushed red fruits and bull’s blood to its reticent nose, which was also a bit rubbery. The palate was rusty, dry and long with a serious finish, but will the fruit catch up? The 1995 rap was evident here, as someone noted, ‘just structure, really no fruit.’ Gil chipped in at the end, ‘carraway seed and Chinese black tea’
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Almost as deep colour as the 1996, but perhaps with an extra hint of youth. On pouring the nose is a little diffuse, it needs time to develop into a wonderfully meaty mix of savoury and fruit driven aspects. Doesn't have quite the volume in the mouth as the 1996 but rather than building it's attack, it delivers a knockout punch right from the start - even seems slightly fresher than 1996. The tannins still have quite a rasp, but there's the next 20 years-plus to wait for them to soften. Gorgeous intensity. I slightly prefer this to our bottle of 1996.
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