La Tache

2005 La Tache Romanee Conti

  • Classification:
    Grand Cru
  • Color:
    Red
  • Appellation:
    La Tache
  • Volume:
    0.75L
  • Grape Type:
    Pinot Noir
  • Packaging:
    Loose
€5,040
In stock (1)
Wine Critics Notes:

Allen Meadows - Score: 99 (2016 May)

There really is not all that much difference between the way this bottle showed and my original review from late 2007 other than the nose of this most recent experience is notably less exuberant. However it remains just as kaleidoscopic and dazzling with its array of red and black cherry, cassis, plum and subtle earth notes replete with beguiling Asian spice cabinet aromas and essence of rose petal. The intense, powerful and breathtakingly concentrated flavors possess a taut muscularity before culminating in a palate coating finish of simply huge length. Not surprisingly, this is still structured to the point of being chewy yet it is never rustic or coarse because the gorgeously detailed palate impression is buffered by buckets of dry extract. As readers know, I often use the word Zen to describe the kind of inner harmony of a great vintage of Romanée-Conti but rarely with La Tâche yet in 2005, the LT has this element of inner calm and grace as well. In sum, I remain confident that this huge but utterly classy and stylish wine will go down as one of the all-time great LT's provided that you have the patience to wait as it is going to be a very long distance runner. I should note that two bottles tasted in April 2016 showed some troubling signs of brett; however I had these bottles in China and it's possible that the storage and shipping were not what they should have been though. By contrast, another two bottles tasted in May 2016 were completely clean.