Nose of dry leaves, light earth with background spice and red fruits. A leathery mid-life component emerged with time. There was a difficult to pin down umami element to the nose. Nicely balanced palate of forest floor with sweetness, finishing with smokey notes. An excellent pairing with squab. Bottle from domaine.
Acker Merrill '80 Red Burgundy dinner at Tocqueville, NYC: Acker '80 Red Burg dinner at Tocqueville, NYC. By far the most interesting and complex nose of the night with this incredible kaleidoscope of dark spices and dark red cherries with a hint of black truffle. It almost lives up to the nose on the palate with great dark cherry spice and mushroom flavors and a sleek, lacey texture. The finish is still intense with great complexity. There is something otherwordly here that I don't want to get too used to. Just a touch dry on the finish and perhaps not as voluminous in the mouth as expected but those are just nits for this incredible wine. Great provenance tonight in all but one or two of the wines.
Tremendously expressive red fruit and vosne spice on the nose. At first it was light cranberry in color and a bit spritzy on the palate. This blew off quickly. The wine actually darkened in color with a bit of time in the glass while smoothing out and becoming more powerful on the palate. An exceedingly pretty middle weight wine with aromatics to die for. This probably won't get any better, but will hold for several years.
La Paulee Gala (San Francisco CA): Even at this late point in the evening, the signature La Tache aromatics stood out here. This spice was more prominent than either the red fruit or earthy aromas that worked well in background. Palate was quite subtle and elegant, with interesting cherry flavors working well with good overall spice. A wonderful weightlessness that would probably be much better in a different context where you could focus on the wine's nuances.
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(DRC La Tache) The 1980 DRC La Tache had a divine nose, full of blooming roses, sweet and decadently elegant. Additional aromas of green tomato and flower shop graced this beauty, along with a little green pepper, although I would find more of that on the palate. The palate was round, smooth and soft, tender and special, oozing class and elegance, like a gorgeous sunset. Big-time bacon emerged.
(DRC La Tache) he 1980 DRC La Tache had superb aromatics, so much so that I found it unlikely to ever be better. It was so forward and gamy, full of garden, fresh game and spice, wild weeds and fields, and just a heck of a lot of overall sex appeal. Dave found it ‘rosy,’ and it was many’s favorite wine of the night, although I do think this will be a La Tache that will drop the point ladder sooner rather than later (96).
(DRC La Tache) got a quick ‘19/20’ from Tom, and it had that great old tomato sex appeal. Yes, only in wine can old tomatoes have sex appeal, I know. The nose had a lot of other things going on, including cherry, rust, spice, spine and that unmistakable La Tache terroir, all very balanced and round. There was great finesse and balance to the mouth with touches of spice and spine. It might not ever be better, but it was still outstanding, although Rob had to put it ‘right on the bottom of 5 stars,’ indicating that he definitely thought it wouldn’t get any better
(La Tache) was a reconditioned bottle; until now, I was unaware that the Domaine had started or did this practice. I believe it was reconditioned in 2002. I think that the Domaine keeps these bottles for events and does not recirculate them. Everyone should know how I feel about reconditioned bottles by now and that generally, I am not a fan of the practice and feel that reconditioned bottles never achieve the heights of original ones, although they can still be very good in their own right. After checking, I found that the 1942 was reconditioned from the earlier session in addition to the 1956 and 1966. Back to the 1980, which Paul described as having a 'brilliant bouquet.' Dalia found its nose a bit offensive with its 'salami' qualities, but then again she thinks pork is one of the worst things known to man. I was more in the Paul camp, finding its aromas intoxicating. Meat, rose, iron and sweet, sweet cherries and strawberries were all present. Paul commented how the 1980 'has been at this stage for a while; like 1989, it hasn't budged in six years, but the 1980 is integrated.' Allen concluded that he saw a better future for the 1989 than Paul at this point. The wine seemed sweeter as a result of it being reconditioned. The palate was rich, bright and spicy, certainly exquisite but a touch short relative to its paired 1989. Sweet, musky and beautiful, the 1980 was fresh (reconditioned) and seemed on a plateau of maturity, but it did get more spiny and vigorous. Rudy thought it had a 'simpler' edge, probably from the reconditioning. Aubert felt the 1980 'was giving what the 1989 was not - charm and delicacy'
(La Tache) We had the La Tache first, which was still fresh, alive and kicking with lots of power and alcohol and a mentholated palate. It was intense and excellent, bordering on outstanding but lacking the depth of fruit I require to give it that badge of honor
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