Served alongside the 04. This was a good bottle. Better than the last time I had it. Beautiful complex nose with floral, spice and dark fruit notes. Starting to get some secondary qualities. Nice structure and balance. I would hold in the cellar, as I think it has a long life ahead.
We drank the 02 and 04 side by side. The 02 showed rich dark fruits, and was great, but I'm inclined to hold off on this vintage for a couple of years. As always, the 04 outperformed, and is simply a beautiful drink. I've always liked it, and today was no exception. A nice flight.
2015 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2015-11/9/2015 (Villa D’este, Lake Como): Much better showing than the Wednesday bottle. Expressive nose displaying perfectly ripe black fruits intertwine with Vosne spices, dark flowers, mocha, musk and a hint of stems. Very polished palate, incredibly layered, mouth puckering tannins and lovely long finish. Definitely expressing the typical vintage character of ripe fruits with formidable structure, especially acidity. This needs at least another ten years. Perhaps most backward La Tache of the night. One day when acidity gets fully integrated, this will be perfect as the fruit is very pure. I recommend not to open it for another five years even if you have a case or more.
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(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Already lost much of its youthful colour, just a trace of cherry still at the rim compliments a core of medium-plus ruby. Starts with a blast of fruit, becomes mute for a while, then starts to show its wares, complex fruit laced with spice notes that you really only get with La Tâche - almost ginger cake - just a trace of oak toast and smoky stems in the mix too. There's an understated entry into this wine before a fabulous burst of fruit rushes you from the mid-palate into the finish. The soft tannins are buried and the acidity is just right. It needs an hour from opening to blossom, but this was a stellar performance for such a baby.
(Romanée-Conti La Tâche) The nose is wider and almost as deep as the Richebourg, swirling initially, and surprisingly tightens things up – still it’s a deep, dark, well of fruit. I seem to be running out of superlatives… In every dimension this wine at least matches the Richebourg and in overall concentration seems its better. This is quite stunning (an over-used word but accurately used in this context), there’s a perceptible extra width. It’s not a fabulously spicy La Tâche but comes across as a complete wine – is it really possible to improve on this?
(DRC La Tache) The exotic spice came out after some coaxing and there were some very interesting aromas that started to develop after my glass became empty. But emptying that glass was incredible. This wine was out of this frigging world on the palate. This was the most velvety wine I have ever put in my mouth and had such lavish, pure extravagant fruit that I could not believe it. This wine was like a dream in the mouth. It is one of the few wines I have put in my mouth and was just like . . . . .ahhh . . . this is perfect. It had a creaminess that was just so compelling. It was incredibly concentrated, yet light as a feather and perfectly judged sweetness of fruit and a texture I would make a suit out of. Long finish with perfect dissolve and dissipation of flavors. An amazing poetic wine. I hope I taste this again one day as this was some reference point shit for me.
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