Bu complètement à l'aveugle, donc en ne sachant pas du tout ce que j'avais dans mon verre. Conséquemment, mes impressions n'ont pas du tout été influencées par l'étiquette. Couleur rubis translucide. Très légèrement brouillé. Nez absolument sublime d'une complexité rare, mais qui réussit à conserver l'essence même du Pinot noir. Je savais dès le départ que j'étais en Bourgogne, et avec ce nez que c'était quelque chose de grand. La bouche ne suit malheureusement pas. Le vin est un peu mince et a un caractère plus âgé que ce que le nez laissait deviner. Subtil goût de café, de griotte et de canneberge avec une finale délicatement épicée. C'est donc sur la finesse, voire la délicatesse et ça va décliner dans le verre assez rapidement. Un vin qui a donc été bu un peu trop tard, mais un nez dont je vais me souvenir longtemps...
Opened for 4 hours prior to drinking. Complex nose of spice, dried red fruits and some flowers. A nicely complex palate that matched the nose but with more emphasis on minerality. A medium finish that was somewhat tannic. A very interesting Burgundy, but certainly much better wines to drink for the price.
My first La Tache ever and all I can say is wow wow wow. The nose was simply out of this world for me, I won't even try to give descriptors for it because I'd need a real-time newsfeeed - the nose kept changing every time I put my nose in the glass. I called it the "chameleon" wine, it was simply impossible to nail. The palate and finish were not on par with the nose but still of superior quality. Needless to say I enjoyed this tremendously. It showed a lot of characteristics from an aged wine (guess it's not that much of a surprise after more than 25 years) and started to fade a bit in the glass after a few hours but that was still a completely amazing bottle of wine and I would hate to focus on the negative side of such an incredible bottle of wine, that's really not what it was about - just pure pleasure in a glass. Thanks so much to Alan for introducing me to this.
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(DRC La Tache) A 1983 DRC La Tache was another testament to the fact that there is quality out there in 1983. I have been having a lot of luck with this forgotten and sometimes maligned vintage, which is probably because Parker liked them so much upon release, and we know how those Burgundy lovers like to play the other side of that fence. I enjoy a good 1983, and the La Tache was a great one. Open aromas of menthol, wintry red fruits and lighter earth, combined with a fleshy palate and solid acidity, made for an excellent overall experience. Out of magnum this wine can be outstanding.
(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Light medium brown color with ruby lights and clear meniscus; rich spice box, cigar and mushroom nose; tart cigar box, mushroom and dried cherry palate; medium finish 92+ pts.
(DRC La Tache) The LT had an incredible nose. 'Now that's a real wine,' I wrote. Its sweetness was incredible, as Big Boy quickly called out 'ballgame,' meaning the competition was over. There was also great iron, big Asian spice and musk. Incredible kept coming up over and over in my notes. The palate was off the charts - rich, creamy, lucious, vigorous and spiny, it certainly did not change my opinion that 1983 DRC wines are delicious right now, especially out of magnum
(La Tache) was delicious both aromatically and on the palate. There were rosy red fruits, light menthol, earth and bacon in its nose. The wine was meaty, and did I say rosy? It deserves to be said twice. The palate was fleshy, tasty and delicious with its iron and rose flavors and leathery finish
(DRC La Tache) A little reticent upon being poured. Nice candied cherry fruit. Soon layer upon layer of aromas start to develop. Earth, huge cherry/raspberry, woodsmoke, soy, bbq sauce, well water. Etheral nose. So Vosne. So La Tache. Beautiful concentration and sweet fruit. Very ripe tannins and lively acidity. Gorgeous ripe red fruits. The tannins seem a little gruff and they might not resolve but this is a beauty right now. It is amazing how distinctive La Tache is from other wines in Vosne. I have had the '01 and the '00 and after around 45 minutes in the glass the '83 had those same aromatic characteristics but in a more mature way. A great wine. Actually a profound wine.
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