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  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2009, Part I, 3/7/2009 96 points

    (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.
  • By John Kapon
    Four in a Row, 5/13/2008 96 points

    (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).
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee Part One, 3/19/2007 95 points

    (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
  • By John Kapon
    Petrus and La Tache, 12/9/2005 94 points

    (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'
  • By John Kapon
    Mugnier Musigny with Burghound & Assorted Extras, 1/31/2005 94 points

    (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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