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  • By John Kapon
    Marea, 1/11/2012 99 points

    (DRC La Tache) It couldn’t get any better, could it? Enter 1962 DRC La Tache. At first, there were oysters and ocean action in the nose; it needed some time to unravel, and did it ever. Aromas of rose and tobacco slowly took over, with secondary rose and menthol seeping up out of its earth. The palate was out of control. It was rich, saucy and long with crazy spice and oomph to its finish. I must confess that I was starting to think the sun was setting on the 1962 vintage, in a long, graceful way, as great vintages fade away and never disappear. I am happy to officially stand corrected. Long live La Tache (99).
  • By John Kapon
    Bad Boy Birthday Bash, 7/16/2009 96+ points

    (DRC La Tache) The 1962 DRC La Tache was even better. There was more lift and breed to its nose, which displayed fine aromas of regal garden and tobasco goodness. The nose was so fine and expressive, gamy and sweet in that perfect, old Burgundy way. The palate had length, fatness and richness, also gamy and meaty as well. It was pretty extraordinary and a testament to how good ‘62s can be when they are on, although Eddie chimed in that he had had better bottles. True, I have had 99-pointers as well of this wine, but neither of us were complaining
  • By John Kapon
    New Year's Eve 2007, 1/2/2008 97 points

    (DRC La Tache) The magnum of 1962 La Tache quickly asserted itself as red wine of the night. Sweet and dank, its nose was full of mesquite, black cherry oil, game, rose, iron and old, wilting flowers. Secondary aromas of band-aids crept in. Its palate was rich and bordering on syrupy, definitely oily and complex with its flavors of rose, brick and garden. Flat-out delicious, there was crazy complexity and a rainbow of fruit flavors (black, purple and red makes the red wine rainbow), and finally a kiss of gingerbread to this gamy wine
  • By John Kapon
    Putting "THE Cellar" In Perspective, 11/5/2006 99 points

    (DRC La Tache) It is always a special occasion when a 1962 DRC La Tache is on the table, and this was obviously no exception. Its nose defined the word ‘brooding’ with serious menthol and great animal, iron and spice aromas. Meat, soy, oil, rose, bran and sauce rounded out its infinitely complex nose. The La Tache literally blew the other two Burgundies off the table. In the mouth, its concentration, richness, length and spine were extraordinary. Everyone was going bananas for the La Tache. Bob noted ‘Le Pin like concentration.’ The wine was so good, I just couldn’t keep it in the glass
  • By John Kapon
    Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR, 10/11/2006 97 points

    (La Tache) was the wine of the flight, as practice followed theory in this example. Its nose was richer, thicker and broader than the previous two, and its nose was a symphony of meat, rose garden and Worcestershire. Its palate was meaty and oily, and its acidity really stood out after some food. It was a real crowd pleaser
  • By John Kapon
    Petrus and La Tache, 12/9/2005 98 points

    (La Tache) by saying, 'when it's on, it's liquid sex.' It was on. Allen quickly said, 'we're rockin' after one sniff, and it had a gorgeous nose. The bottle was 'a little sweeter and a touch advanced,' Allen conceded, but both he and Wilf were like 'who cares,' because it was still so great. There was a prickly and edgy quality to the nose, which was decadently full of beef, earth, soy, spice, leather, vitamin and iron. Incredibly concentrated and with tremendous acidity, the 1962 was decadently sweet in a leathery and autumnal way. It still seemed young, and its acidity was ridiculous. Despite the fact that both Allen and Rudy thought the magnum at my Top 100 was better, I preferred this bottle
  • By John Kapon
    Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005, 11/22/2005 97 points

    (La Tache) was the wine of the flight, as practice followed theory in this example. Its nose was richer, thicker and broader than the previous two, and its nose was a symphony of meat, rose garden and Worcestershire. Its palate was meaty and oily, and its acidity really stood out after some food. It was a real crowd pleaser
  • By John Kapon
    A Decade of 1960s Burgundies at Bouley and the Greatest Wine I Have Ever Had, 5/2/2005 97 points

    (DRC La Tache) had an amazing nose. The fruit was so pure, sweet and mature in the way that only great Pinot Noir can be with its game, mint and chocolate. It was amazingly delicate in the nose yet still full of stuffing, loaded with complex spices. The wine was super smooth, satiny and fine, and it had tremendous spice on the palate as well. Its lingering nature was the stuff of legends
  • By John Kapon
    A Decade of 1960s Burgundies at Bouley and the Greatest Wine I Have Ever Had, 5/2/2005 97+ points

    (La Tache) out of magnum. Damnit! When Rudy starts opening up bottles, you have to move quickly, but I was grateful to have just a swallow of this wine, which was extraordinary and consistent with the bottle that I had a week ago, perhaps even richer and fleshier

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