The 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru is a very pretty, in fact a beautiful wine but it needs plenty of time. There’s perfectly ripe cherry fruit coupled with Asian spice. Its oak is noticeable but not dominant and it has good power and length.
Clean. Clear. Extreme intensity, lots and lots of concentration, heavy but weigthless still. Lots of fruit and minerality, this wine sings. Seamless and after a while it develops top notes. The tannins are ripe and fine, the acidity is just perfect and carries the wine like nothing. The finish is extreme, almost two minutes. This is one of the best wines I've ever had.
La Tache dinner (The Boardl Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Upon release, this wine quickly shot up to $3,500 per bottle in grey market. I was fortunate to try a few off a number of restaurant lists. Very youthful but very expressive and hedonistic. Perfectly ripe red fruit driven nose, raspberries, raspberries jam, dark cherries, a hint of stems, tie guan yin, perfume and sweet spices. Precise palate, incredibly layered, youthful intense sweet red fruit driven palate impression, silky and polished, bright acidity and noticeable but nicely integrated tannins. Despite the youth, this is very expressive and incredibly complex. Compare to the 90, perhaps slightly less concentrated and not as ripe but as complex if not more and more precise. For me this is perfect in every way. As a side note, some tasters thought it was way too young. I tend to love my Burgundy very young as well as very old.
Not particulary dominant over the 05 Richebourg on this day but still a great wine. Very nice nose of asian spice and earthy notes. Kalidascopic complex flavors that adds that extra dimension one sees with La Tache. Not quite as big structure as the Richebourg, but enough tannins for the long haul.
Wow ! This is some wine ! ! I wasn’t ready for what jumped out of my glass. My initial reaction was that this wine is powerful – stylish – bundles of energy here, and the wine moves in a crescendo of power throughout – no where near ready, but the elements suggest this could be one of the best La Tache’s ever. Most difficult to separate “the orchestra” from its parts – powerful yet simple in its purity.
Dark purple/ruby with a razor thin rim; aromas seem to have it all – black cherry fruit, black currant liqueur – gentle lilac and plum blossom – roasted hazelnut and nutmeg spice – toast - new oak, all in a full and penetrating package of delights ushering forth from the glass; strength and power but at the same time elegance and subtle texture; mouth coating fruit – deep and concentrated – extending well back on the palate; round, rich berry fruit, with underlying solid acidity and tannins; finishes with such length that it remains for minutes on the palate; probably needs another 12 years but should last for several decades.
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(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Aromatically closer to the style of the Richebourg than the Vivant, but right from the start it has focus and an extra and deeper register if not the anticipated spice-box. The flavour profile is riper/sweeter than the last wines - closer to the Echézeaux - but the there is a clear and distinct extra length. Currently this is at the subtle end of the traditional La Tâche continuum - it’s far from a blockbuster, but it certainly edges the Richebourg for the most complete wine so far.
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