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Community Tasting Notes (33) Avg Score: 95.6 points

  • Quite mature but oh so refined. A gorgeous nose of Autumn and faded cherries with sweet, decadent earth. On the palate, the fruit has very much faded but what's left is a gorgeous, silky, ethereal wine with incredible flavors of decayed leaves, sweet earth and a panalopy of spices. The finish is so elegant and complex and so fine that I had to slow down to really absorb what I was taking in. There are finely grained minerals and spices that just dance across the tongue and the layers of silk and lace will live long in my memory. At Latour, Crystal Springs, NJ.

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  • Ok but not great fill had me wondering how this bottle would fare. It ended up being every bit the equal of the bottle from domaine last month. Dark cola on the nose with floral notes, light perfume and old dry leather. Multi-faceted and umami-rich palate with light soil, blackberry, black olive and a melange on tingly spices. Very long and complex finish. I had my final taste three hours after the first and almost four hours after the bottle was opened...still going strong and continuing to evolve. Rock star wine...99+.

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  • Epic Burgundy Dinner (Boulevard - San Francisco CA): Tasted double blind. Bottle had 2 cm fill and a tattered label. But fortunately we didn't have to tasted the label, and the wine was amazing, in fact my best experience ever with 1978 La Tâche. Lots of mature red berry, dried rose petals, massive spice and smells of the forest after it has rained. Long and unfolding. In a flight with Henri Jayer 1978 Richebourg, these two wines brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Off the charts bottle of this wine. Incredibly vibrant nose with tingly bright spices and a dark cola aroma with background dark fruit. Mouth watering before even tasted. Extremely long finish. Tasted from two different bottles from domaine over the course of three hours with a consistent experience.

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  • My last bottle of 78 La Tache, and it was a rock star. A shame to end the run, but what a bottle to end it on. Killer.

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    The Big One, 7/26/2011 96 points

    (DRC La Tache) Five more La Taches proceeded to demand our attention, beginning with a great bottle of 1978 DRC La Tache. Its vim and vigor jumped out of the glass compared to the tenderness of the 1971. This had that signature spicy menthol and great intensity, balanced by rose hips and Vitamin C aromas. The palate was lush and more gamy than the nose with some bouillon flavors, something I typically find in 1978 DRC. Its finish was long and decadent, leaving lingering flavors of beef, citrus, wet earth and bacon.
  • By John Kapon
    DRC Weekend, 7/6/2009

    (DRC La Tache) Unfortunately, the 1978 DRC La Tache was oxidized. Ouch (DQ).
  • By John Kapon
    RN 74, 4/28/2009 96+ points

    (DRC La Tache) We finally made our way to the 1978 DRC La Tache, which was one of the best bottles of this that I have ever had, and one of the best bottles of La Tache period that Wilf has had over the past few years. 1978 is a vintage that many DRC lovers like to bash a little, but this bottle would have silenced any critic. The nose dripped with menthol, mint and game, displaying intense depth and richness. The palate was thick and creamy, tasty and still minty, with long, long acidity. Overall, the flavors were on the earthy side, but since this earth was La Tache, that was a very good thing. It had a mother’s milk goodness to its palate, and its acidity seemed endless. Some duck confit brought out ridiculous black olive flavors, and words like ‘catnip, syrup, flesh and goodness’ rounded out my notes
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2009, Part IV, 3/7/2009 97-I points

    (DRC La Tache) Big Mike pulled out another one of the evening’s showstoppers next, a Methusaleh of 1978 DRC La Tache. It was superb, as good as ’78 LT gets, full of rose hips and menthol and all the classic LT earthy sex appeal. The palate was meaty, spicy, earthy, long and rich. Having had this wine on at least a dozen occasions, I can safely say that this bottle was everything that it should have been and then some. For those out there that like to put down DRC in 1978, one sip would have converted you all! This Methusaleh was the Dr. Jekyll of DRC in this vintage, and with secondary traces of beef, garden and tomato, it delivered as much pleasure to those that had it as any other wine on this starry night. Thanks again Big Mike.
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2008 III, 3/30/2008 97 points

    (DRC La Tache) It was getting more and more serious, and a killer mag of 1978 DRC La Tache was next courtesy of Todd or Eddie; I never know who brings what with these two but I know they both always bring the lumber! This magnum of LT was about as good as ’78 gets for DRC. The writing skills were starting to wane on wine number 23, but ‘intense, serious and great’ still made their way onto the paper. ‘Killer, stellar and awesome’ about summed it up. Hiccup
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2008 III, 3/30/2008 97 points

    (DRC La Tache) I actually had a second glass of 1978 DRC La Tache and somehow found the strength to take some better notes this time around. This was a perfect magnum of this sometimes maligned La Tache. There is no doubt in my mind that when this wine is on, it is as good as almost any vintage of La Tache…ever. This was just superb, dripping with succulent, oily, black cherry fruit. It had that earthy foundation that only La Tache can claim. Sturdy and still quite youthful out of magnum, this was a wine that made me stand at attention with its intense and gripping character, yet there was still a core of tenderness and elegance that is what we call Burgundy. Special stuff and still
  • By John Kapon
    2007 Angriness Uncorked, 5/6/2007 92 points

    (DRC La Tache) A 1978 DRC La Tache was aromatic and perfumed, shy and perfumed, more lavender and wildflower than the typical 78 beef and menthol I have come to expect. This potpourri quality carried over from the nose to the palate, where more of the classic beef and menthol emerged in the flavor profile. It was a very good bottle but not a great one; again, not necessarily off but another bottle variation situation. We all know DRC bottled barrel by barrel very often (and to this day), right
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee Part One, 3/19/2007 95 points

    (DRC La Tache) The ’78 had an incredible nose and was everything it should have been, full of menthol, beef, cedar, spine and bouillon. It had a rich, mentholy palate and was smooth and balanced, seemingly on a plateau, ‘not going to get any better but not flat,’ as Big Boy put it. Yes, the 1978 La Tache may be on a plateau, but it sure is a nice place to be right now
  • By John Kapon
    Petrus and La Tache, 12/9/2005 95 points

    (La Tache) was itself outstanding and a great bottle, but the 1999 took the wind out of my sails. Consistent with the bottle I had over the summer, the 1978 was still delivering despite the storm that the other nineteen vintages had created. Dalia admired its 'fresh sea' qualities, and that was all she, literally, wrote


  • By Bill Nanson
    11/1/2005, (See more on Burgundy-Report...)

    (Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Medium colour, again an old mahogany shade. Width on the nose, hints of resin, sweetness, doesn't start spicy, rather broad and deep, becoming ever more intense and rounder. Wonderful effects on the inside of your mouth - fireworks certainly - quite rich, with a finish that defies reason. It's about as mature as any wine could be in gamey yet sweet way. For me this wine is second only to 1990, though the 1959 was probably its equal.

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