Truly a baller night – 09 & 11 Coche CC, 02 GC reds, 47 La Tache, 04 Bollinger VVF & 23 CV (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Pop and pour, very stemmy with a hint of flower and green. Decanted for two hours, a hint of stem that now adds nice complexity in the background, exotic Vosne spices, flowers, crushed blackberries and black cherries, soy and limestone mineral. Very polished palate, a hint of green/stem, nicely layered fruits, bright acidity, still noticeable tannins and nice finish with a hint of stem as the end note. This was purchase upon release and kept in a London bond warehouse which may resulted the wine to develop very slowly. As Rnellans mentioned, the stem/herbal note has not been fully resolved. I was not so bothered by the stem. It was very enjoyable for my palate. A great future ahead!
From the same case as previous bottles, and bought on release, this bottle didn't show particularly well. We all would have guessed 04 in a single blind tasting. Rather odd, and not the typical showing for this great wine.
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(DRC La Tache) The 2002 DRC La Tache was classic with its crushed roses, great spice, vitamins, great stems, olives and lots of citric tension. There was great (sensing a trend?) vim here, both to the nose and to the palate. Its flavors were long and stylish, elegant like a lady with a few bodyguards in tow. Its acidity was also superb, even more so than the ’04 as it was more reined in but still vigorous. ‘So good, so long, so fine’ summed it up. I couldn’t help but think about how great this 2002 was, and how the vintage is general is a bit under the radar in the market right now as far as top-tier vintages of Burgundy go. Everyone talks about 1999 and 2005, but 2002 could be a vintage that finds itself in that discussion more and more as time goes on
(La Tache) was such a baby by comparison to anything that we had so far, but one could still appreciate its fresh, red cherry fruit. It was not fat and seepy but rather reserved with its mineral and stalk supporting beams. There was that hint of green that Aubert affectionately referred to before, which means that this should have a long, bright future ahead of it. There were stems, 'roses and almonds,' Dalia observed. The 2002's structure was excellent, a little '93-ish but with redder fruit. All of its component parts were there in a drier style. Wilf was quick to point out that the 2002 was 'showing surprisingly good, scary good.' An exotic, mandarin orange edge developed in the nose
(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) was a left turn with a very distinctive nose that initially put you in a room recently, yet not freshly, painted. You really had to work the wine in the glass to wake up this sleeping giant.s rose, pre-budding green (as mentioned before), and touches of smoke, rock and wood. There was almost an unsweetened mesquite edge and a pinch of herbs still lying on the vine fresh in the garden. The nose had the royalty factor but was indubitably young and a bit confused, or grumpy perhaps. Why was it being disturbed this early in its life? J There was no confusion about the palate, which had an explosive and long finish, that of a thirty-plus-year wine without a doubt. Don.t touch it for at least five more years, though. The nose morphed into this exotic chocolaty, almond, caramel, marshmallow and Smores thing, and the palate stayed young with its signature green bean flavors accompanied by forest, tang and unbudded fruit waiting to grow up. There is no doubting the pedigree of this wine, but it was the least ready to be evaluated. I am sure it will climb the point ladder in decades to come
(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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