Drank over 2 days with not a huge amount of change between day 1 and day 2. The nose was very closed at first, but after a few hours and more so on day 2 reveal outstanding spice, red and blue fruit, hint of chocolate and an earthy streak. The palate was rich and very coiled and clearly was holding back given the concentration. This is among a few 2006 Grand Crus I've had recently that have been a bit shut down. More spice and freshness on the palate. Long, albeit, narrow finish. Try again in 5+ years.
DRC Tasting Group (Wild Ginger, Seattle, WA): Intense, delicate, perfumed nose with kirsch, light spice, and cherry liqueur. Lightweight body filled with delicate fruit (strawberries), a light hint of spice, and a soft, elegant finish.
Time and air coaxed out notes of cherry coke, menthol, and ultimately dried cherries (after 1-2 hours). Super elegant, gorgeous all the way. 96+
An extremely attractive wine – probably the most ready to drink in this lineup.
Very good color – medium dark purple/ruby; aromas a mix of cooking spices and berry fruit – some tasty oak and a fresh floral edge; elegant and harmonious entry, with lush fruit over quite a firm structure; acidity and tannins in check but bode well for the wine’s longevity; round and full on the palate, running well back; a mouthful of fruit – dark cherry, cassis and some blueberry - that comes forth in bursts; concentrated; grips the palate but carries its balance nicely, with the components in line on the same harmonious target; vigorous but restrained at the same time - could be identified as finesse; a long and lasting finish where the fruit is the dominant element. One could easily sip this wine now with some soft cheese, or partner with a variety of dishes over dinner. Good future also - probably another 15 years.
DRC Dinner 2 (Sydney, Australia): A wine that is out of this world. An intoxicating nose, with lifted rose notes, five spice, cherry, raspberry and cocoa. Impeccably balanced palate with simultaneous density, definition and clarity. There is restrained power here with a depth and persistence to it that left me stunned. It is extremely youthful but aside from the evident potential to be a superstar with time, I found it to have exceptional appeal even now.
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(DRC La Tache) We said hello again to La Tache with a fantastic 2006 DRC La Tache. The ’06 was so fresh, brimming with crushed red fruits, stems, roses, oil, mint, black cherry and cola. It was so fragrant, with excellent richness and divine aromatic sweetness. Wow! The palate was also great, its fruit clean and natural to the core. It was similar to the nose with dominating black cherry and stem flavors, along with choice earth and great tannin expression. Traces of cinnamon sprinkled over its ‘high-toned fruit’ (Mark). Man, was that nose damn good
(DRC La Tache) Ahhhh, the 2006 DRC La Tache. Here kitty, kitty. Life is too short not to drink La Tache…often. The 2006 was phenomenal. The breed and structure were a most noticeable step up. It was wound, giving me a medical emergency impression with its clean minerality and intensity. Some band-aids joined the party to patch things up, along with a little bread, rose, vitamins and bull’s blood. The concentration on the palate shattered everything prior and made me feel I should lower every other wine’s score by a point! It was so flavorful, full of great fruit and all the colors, also with incredible stems and vitamins. There was serious length to this ‘serious shit,’ which was denser and bigger and more brooding than anything else.
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