2001 Vosne-Romanée Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Teochew, Takashimaya): A rather rich, opulent expression of La Tâche, this was surprising given the context of the vintage and the genererally finer and more minerally than usual tones on the wines that came before, but boy was it ever good. It had a dazzling nose, wafting out of the glass in arresting tones of sweet blueberries and dried plums, fragrant spice and smoky mineral, rich earthy notes that brought to mind a forest after a spring shower, and then perfumed drifts of fresh cut flowers. Wow. One always expects a fantastic nose on a La Tâche, but even then, this was breathtaking. Like the nose, the first impression on the palate was one of weight and stuffing, with wonderfully deep draws of dark cherries and berries infused with warm spice and gentle earthy notes filling the mouth beautifully. Yet in true La Tâche fashion, this carried its weight effortlessly, with juicy acidity and beautifully silky tannins lending it a wonderful sense of purity and finesse. This was a crazy delicious wine, yet one that oozed class beneath its hedonistic surface. It probably suffered a little from being placed next to a truly superb bottle of 2001 Romanée-Conti, perhaps the only wine in a sterling line-up that could have knocked this down a peg. Even with all its airy elegance and precision, the La Tâche seemed almost like a weightlifter next to the RC’s supremely graceful gymnast of a palate. On its own though, absolutely superb and starting to drink very nicely indeed.
Drank along with a 2000 Harlan and '95 Petrus. An amazing night with a tour de force of some of the great wines of the world. The La Tache showed beautifully well. Sheer class, with an incredible nose of rose petals. This was tight to begin with, but evolved in the glass. We should have decanted it, but nevertheless this beginning to get into it's drinking window. Glad I have the rest of the half case, because if will let it sit for some time.
#17244. Opened left to rest for 30 minutes and served.Glorious bottle! Albeit we looked a bit like star struck teenagers in its presence.. Beautiful on the nose, red fruits, light strawberry, light roses too, spice, light smoky edge. Beautiful and expressive nose and we just kept on smiling about it. On the palate it took its time to develop but it was just perfectly balanced, with good fruit, firm backbone and solid core. Magnificent wine and we are still in awe of it. 97?98?99? and has lots of life ahead of it. Magical.
Would we have loved it as much if it was tasted blind? We love blind tastings but do believe wines of this level should be consumed with the knowledge of what it is.
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(DRC La Tache) The 2001 DRC La Tache had Gil’s attention right away, not something easy to accomplish. He noted ‘garrigue, olive grove and lavender.’ There was some great pitch in the nose, and the ’01 possessed more fruit than the ’02 along with more sweetness. It also had some of the length of the ’02 but was milder in that regard. Gil still found it a bit Rhonish. The palate had nice stems and was elegant, but it didn’t have the power of the ’02. There was nice cedar smack to the finish in this excellent ’01
(La Tache) was 'superfly,' forward and aromatic, dripping with cherry fruit, cherry fruit that needed to be popped. There were also lots of vitamins and nice spice, but it seemed 'Junior Varsity' after the 1991 and 1993. It was still outstanding; it only needs time
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Once more medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is surprisingly subdued, powdery red fruits, but after 15 minutes still didn't get going. On the palate reminiscent of how the Romanée Conti showed in London, understated but very pure. Despite wonderful depth, very reserved indeed. No La Tâche fireworks this time, but impeccably balanced and very long.
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) A funny wine, in a large glass on the serving table this looked the lightest wine on display, whereas take a modest serving in a tasting glass and it looks altogether darker. The nose is La Tâche - dense, heavy laden branches of red cherries and raspberries, then a little cedar and blood-orange too. Then the nose closes down for a while only to return with tar and mint. Not as incredibly changing as the 2000 at the same stage last year, but like I said - it's still La Tâche. In the mouth it's much more explosive than the Richebourg with a super finish that's carried on by a wave of perfect acidity. If anything, these are the grainiest tannins of all the wines - but then it's all relative!
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