Popped and poured at restaurant. Lightening around edges, slight vegetal smell in the start, mixed with red cherries and a little spice, it evolved well over dinner but maintened a slight tinny flavor, the wine has time and was a pleasant drink but not a greatb97 or a great Tache
2nd Annual Burgundy Dinner (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed over approximately 3 hours. The was almost fully saturated, but was extracted without issue. Upon first pour, the nose was extremely vegetal, showing notes of raw green beans and asparagus. The nose also offered up scents of fresh cracked peppercorn, smoke, cherries, beets, licorice and earth. On the palate, this was still quite green and smoky, with some red fruits that tried admirably to counterbalance the green, but to no avail. Good balance here, with ample acidity and some nice sweet fruit. Time was not on this wine's side though, as throughout the course of the night, this became ashy and slightly astringent. After everything was all said and done, we had a good laugh that the La Tache was the "dog" of the evening.
Gia dal colore marroncino si sente che è avanti. Naso molto complesso ma non sempre piacevolissimo, olivoso, ricco, grasso di catena, lampone, fruttini, cioccolato bianco, bocca bella acidità, scende giù bene, lungo, ritorna in bocca, ma poi la lascia un po' vuota ed ha un tannino un po' aggressivo.
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(La Tache) had a fabulously open and ripe nose a la 1997 with an underlying touch of benevolent green. Its initial impression was much greater than it would have been later on in the day, and that fact is a testament to the greatness of La Tache and how good it can be when it is a first impression, even in a vintage like 1997 which many collectors do not fancy. The fruit was sexy and musky with lots of crushed red and black fruits, a dash of mint, roses, minerals, meat dripping in oil and that incredible sense of terroir that comes from La Tache. The palate was quite spiny by comparison to the nose, a bit stony and minerally, somewhat unyielding but with a flash of beefy flavors and the potential to flesh out. Someone asked Allen Meadows (who was, of course, on the scene) if the 1997 will always have that slight green quality, to which Allen succinctly and eloquently replied, 'Yup.' Despite the austere quality on the palate, the acidity was very good. Irs green edge is what I would call 'garden good.' Aubert noted how its touch of green was almost 'foresty' and how every year La Tache will show violet and that green, and how that green guarantees the wine will age. That's good news for this '97
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) A wine that set the tone (hue) for the colour of the other wines - despite it's relative youth, this wine was an old mahogany colour of medium-plus depth. On opening, this wine showed mushroom, forest-floor, inflections of soil, a deep peppery undertone and eventually a baked cherry note. Less round than the 2002 - the acidity sticks out a little. There is good length and weight, but the elements are somewhat disparate. This was actually the only wine that required extended air-time to show its potential. One hour later there was more harmony, less mushroom and a very strong 'family' resemblance to the wines that followed it. Don't be disappointed if you have this wine - I wouldn't be!
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