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.
In hindsight, it may have been unfortunate that this wine was my first experience in drinking Red Burgundy as it is possible nothing else (except another La Tache) will ever come close. Had the great fortune to share several bottles with a very good friend during the Super Bowl this year (along with some Kobe filets) and I was in heaven. This wine (nectar seems more appropriate) absolutely oozed perfection. The fruit was big and mouth-filling and yet so wonderfully clothed in silk and balance that the overall effect was that of drinking art. A true masterpiece and an experience I will always remember.
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(DRC La Tache) The 2005 DRC La Tache had a much deeper nose with blacker fruits, more crushed and with more tea. There were also hints of citrus and wooden match again. The palate was grand but closed at first. It was long and stylish, complicated but so young. ‘See you in twenty years,’ I wrote. As I said before, when I went back to the Rousseau, the La Tache stood out more. It was deep, dark, black, large and in charge. I think King Angry has a fantasy about that, the 2005 La Tache, that is. It got better with each sip, flexing just a bit more when I thought it possibly couldn’t. It is one of the great young wines I have tasted
(DRC La Tache) While the 2006 set a high bar rather quickly on this Sunday afternoon, the 2005 DRC La Tache set one even higher. While it was more reserved than the ’06 at this stage, its depth in its nose was undeniable. It had aromas of earth that sparkled with diamonds, rust without the decay, and black as midnight fruit. The palate was incredibly concentrated. It was rich, beefy and stemmy, possessing so much fruit yet still coiled and deadly. Its t ‘n a squeezed my tongue like a python, and blood emerged in its bloody good nose. So fine, so rich, so long, I think profound summed it up best
(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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