Epic Burgundy Dinner (Boulevard - San Francisco CA): Tasted double blind. The best I can ever recall from 1985 La Tâche. Great spicy and age appropriate maturity on the red cherry and berry aromas and flavors. Lush and ripe but good energy and structural support. Both fun and nuanced.
La Tache dinner (The Boardl Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Corked, %&#*&. It was one participant's birth year wine and he mentioned never having a good bottle of the 85 La Tache. He likes all of the 85 DRC bottlings except the La Tache, BTW he thinks the 85 RC is a killer and the GE is incredible. His streak continues!
Very pretty nose of spice, earth, dried roses and red fruit. The palate matched and was certainly more graceful than powerful. Beautiful complexity, but didn't have the depth I expected. Medium+ finish with lingering spice. Tried from two different bottles with consistent notes.
Wines Tasted at HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago IL): Lots of baking spice aromas with advanced red fruit and rose petal hints. Flavors nicely juxtapose mature fruit and earthy, mushroomy elements. Everything is prototypically Vosne, but with moderate intensity, depth and length.
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(DRC La Tache) It was turning into a La Tache kind of night, so we continued on with some 1985. This was the second time that I had this wine in this given week, which is by default the definition of a good week. It also reinforced the ‘first is always better than second’ theory, as this bottle didn’t live up to the previous one. Its nose was intensely complicated, led by the dirt first and the perfume second, although I’m not sure which quality I would put first. It had a sexy nose, with a touch of pungent, almost shellfish, along with oil, blood and a caramel glaze. There was a hint of dirty birdie there, but I think we all like that at some point or another, at least I do lol (94).
(DRC La Tache) The 1985 DRC La Tache that followed was a disappointing bottle that came across a bit dirty. Like Amsterdam at 3am dirty. A few scattered notes included tender, sensitive, earthy and decent acidity. I do think this vintage of La Tache can be great, so this was just a random off bottle.
(DRC La Tache) The next flight began with a gorgeous 1985 DRC La Tache. I have always loved this vintage for La Tache, despite the fact that it has always been picked on by some as far as the ‘great’ vintages of La Tache go. The nose was open, ripe and full of sweet red fruit. Rose, nut, mint, bouillon and game were all present. Its palate was more concentrated, oily and tasty, long and zippedy doo dah with its lipsmacking finish. There was real character here, and secondary flavors of cola and tobacco joined the party. Gil admired that ‘it has everything,’ and there were plenty of vitamins and pitch left on its young finish. It was ultimately Gil’s and my wine of the night
(DRC La Tache) 'Still young,' Paul admired. 'The older I get, the more I love Burgundy,' he drifted off, surely a state of temporary insanity if this came to trial! The nose of the La Tache was a bit shut down, a bit dirty to be frank. There was a lot of oil and dirt to the nose, but the palate recovered and was 'absolutely stunning' with great lift to its finish, but it did taste a bit beefy and advanced overall. There were great earth flavors and still excellent stuffing to the wine, which had plenty of upside potential left
(La Tache) had some 'red meat' in its nose, a quality off-putting to the fish-only-eating Dalia. The nose was musky and stinky in that good, earthy Burgundian way. There was also menthol, alcohol and some stewed, cherry fruit. The palate was meaty, earthy and bigger than the 1997 with some browned, autumnal fruit. I asked Wilf whether he thought that the 1985 was on a faster evolutionary track than some of its other vintages, and he wasn't so sure, citing the 1978 and how it has had this quality for a few years without showing any more signs of decay. The flavors were full of sweet soy, menthol and beef along with excellent acidity. The wine was still outstanding in its seepy way, but it seemed a decade older than it should have been. Aubert admired the pairing, citing 'a rose petal character that the 1997 will have'
(La Tache) You know it's a good night when you go over to the magnum of 1985 La Tache and are like, 'that's nice,' which is exactly what happened when the Burghound found out! It was a great bottle of 1985 La Tache, pure, long and classic with lots of iron, minerals, smoke, citric tang and red fruits that only La Tache could have. Its musk was beautiful, its rust tasty, and its finish long
(DRC La Tache) although I have been a big defender of this wine in the past, on this night it was not as great as bottles past, which could have been relevant only to the random bottle that we had, of course. Perfumed and aromatic, there was great balance between its earth, animal and leather side versus its rose and black cherry one. Tomato, Worcestershire and underlying minerals were there, and the palate was more on the gamy, beefy and earthy side with flavors of leather, animal and iron. Its acidity lingered in a feminine, delicate style, athletically cut. There was not as much 'oomph' as I expected, and Rob agreed that it was 'lean,' although he was loving its 'smoked meats.' Stylish and pure but not spectacular, I saw the other side of the story when it comes to the 1985 and how it does not live up to most of the other great vintages of La Tache
(La Tache) I was glad to have this wine again, which I have always found profound despite the opposite opinion of some of my most trusted friends and advisors like Rudy, Andy and the Burghound, who all have had separate but equal doubts regarding the 1985. Well, after 32 or 33 wines, the wine still showed outstandingly. The nose was great and intense, full of menthol, while the palate was long and strong with great acid. I kept writing .long. and .intense. over and over throughout my note. The palate was FDA approved with its mineral, iron and vitamin flavors, complemented by good citric tension. Sorry guys, I still love this wine
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