2012 En Primeur - Kelly and Kevin’s excellent adventure; 4/4/2013-4/9/2013 (Bordeaux, France): Laurent Vialette is not a familiar name amongst American winos but he is pretty well known in Europe. His passion is great wines and he often tells me that he exists to drink great wines and I absolutely believe him. When he is in good mood, ie after a few bottles of wine, he wants to try something really special. So…. He decided to order the 42 La Tache from the list. Clearly a correct bottle, also assurance from the owner, there is a complete moment of silence and when the cork comes out in one piece, we all breathe again. When poured, the color was worrisome, not so clear and no sign of red. The palate wasn’t any better. The owner tried very hard to convince the wine is correct although tired but we all knew better as we all have had great matured DRCs. Since it isn’t really his fault, we decided to pay, actually Christian generously picked up the tap. Laurent mentioned that the 42 La Tache could be an out of body experience.
We bought this for Trevor for his graduation (from the restaurant list). A fantastic nose that came out of the glass and across the table, layer upon layer of fruit, flower, leaf and ambergris. The wine came wide across the palate, with good lift and medium long on the finish...and continued to expand with more exposure so that the last glass was the best. A wonderful treat and a perfume I can still recall vividy.
Through the Decades in Burgundy - A Taste for Life 2005 (San Francisco CA): Tasting. I went in with low expectations - WWII wasn't incredibly easy in Burgundy. Still showing interesting fruit on the nose. Spice wasn't up the level I dream about in LaTache, but it smelled great for almost being a Senior Citizen. Good clean fruit at first. Not particularly long or nuanced, this wine also fell off after about an hour. It is tough to fairly assign a numerical score to a wine like this, but my "89" for the organoleptic pleasure it provided, without any bonus points for history, durability or rarity.
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(La Tache) had a mature, musky, meaty, brown sugared nose with flavors of beef, soy, leather and oat. It was not as good as the bottle I had at CRU at the weekend of the Top 100, but still excellent although more advanced. Paul joked that the 1942 had 'something' about it, like 'Grenache.' He was kidding
(La Tache.) Someone uttered 'amazing' right away. The nose was so deep . big, rich and long. Rob summed it up as 'ridiculous,' which is another high compliment in Big Boy's world. Musk oil, leather and deep, dark rich fruit oozed out of its nose. The palate was enormous, expanding like a tidal wave in the mouth at first, and Allen also found it 'incredibly vibrant.' Long and spiny, the wine was a bit massive but smoothed out sooner rather than later, costing it a point or two in the grand scheme of things, but for those first twenty minutes or so, it was even more extraordinary
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