RP 99 pts! 2005 DRC Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru 1 of 2

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Ratings & Tasting notes:     

99 points Allen Meadows – Burghound:

  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 petals. 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.    (1/2012)

99 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

  The 2005 La Tache epitomizes the unique mysteries of Pinot (not to mention the character of a great site), with its aromas of game, musk, iris, star anise, vanilla, allspice, and naturally also an abundance of sweet, ripe, implosively tiny-berried fruit. Imagine a black Riesling. On the palate, a vivid freshness of fruit, pungency of spice and flowers, and melting away of what in point of analytical fact are abundant tannins, all engender an almost white wine dynamic of fruit-mineral call-and-response and clear, incisive penetration of flavors to every recess of the mouth. This is a T.R. sort of wine — you just don’t feel the stick. (DS)    (4/2007)

99 points Wine Spectator:

  A dark side emerges with La Tâche, revealing profound scents of violet, black currant, bilberry and licorice. Definitely meaty and solid–as the French would say, carrée (square)–yet with great depth, richness and length, along with sweet fruit. A fabulous La Tâche, like a well-tuned Ferrari, this is a red Burgundy of classic proportions. (Web Only–2012)   

96 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:

  Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of cherry, currant, tobacco and smoky, nutty oak, with traces of vanilla and sweet butter; showing less of the early treble notes of flowers and spices than usual for La Tache but they are lurking in the background. Then wonderfully supple, silky and sweet, conveying an impression of brooding extract; quite large-scaled for young La Tache but not yet differentiated. This showed an increasingly tactile quality with aeration but remained rather monolithic. Finishes with wonderfully broad, ripe tannins. This, too, appears to be shutting down but all the elements are in place to make a monumental bottle. 96(+?) points    (4/2008)

Jancis Robinson:

  This was already drinking absolutely beautifully, even though presumably it will gain layers and even greater complexity. But what a stunning amount of pleasure it is giving even at this early stage! My verbatim notes: Gorgeous, complete, wonderful pure cherry juice flavours even though it will presumably close down. Already dense and layered but with beautiful freshness. ‘Parp. Parp,’ it seems to be saying, so eager is it to broadcast its charms. 19/20 points.    (9/2009)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.

Condition:

100% Genuine.
Perfect fill level, capsule and wine clarity.
For exact label condition, see photos.

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Disclaimers:

Regardless of the date or temperature during shipping: Wine spoilage in transit is NOT covered. Expedited/overnight shipping or shipping insurance DOES NOT change this policy. When purchasing shipping insurance, remember that shipments are only covered for breakage during shipping or complete loss of the package. If you have purchased wine but are worried about heat spoilage or freezing temperatures, simply let us put the order on hold, and we will ship when you want.

If you decide to ship the wine during the summer months, heat can create the wine to expand and push past the cork. The wine may arrive with a tiny bit of wine that has seeped or leaked from the capsule. Some buyers may find this upsetting, but typically such short-term heat exposure creates no damage to the wine itself. However, older vintages can be more fragile than newer ones. Cool packs can be added to the shipment for a small fee should you request. This should prevent such seepage when combined with expedited shipping. Please remember, that slight leakage or seepage can be common during shipping and this is NOT a valid reason to return the wine for a refund, and we will NOT grant one. We have systems in place to prevent this. Either wait until the summer months or pay for expedited shipping with cool packs.

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