Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache 2016

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Pinot Noir
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
France > Burgundy > Côte de Nuits

98/100 - The 2016 La Tâche Grand Cru was picked on September 24–25 at 31hL/ha (the highest of the five crus). It has an utterly sublime bouquet of blackberry, briar, crushed limestone, a dash of cracked black pepper and a little oregano. This is extremely complex and displays exquisite focus, to the extent that you could just sit and nose it all day. The palate is beautifully balanced, the spicy red fruit framed by filigreed tannin that belies its backbone. There is a gentle crescendo from start to finish, though being La Tâche it retains complete control. The precision and detail in the final third are deeply impressive. Less fruit-forward than the 2015, and lightly spiced, with an insistent grip. There is a captivating sense of completeness that will ensure longevity through three or four decades. 1,814 cases produced. Tasted at Corney & Barrow’s annual in-bottle tasting in London. - Neal Martin, Vinous

19.5/20 - Lightish ruby. Gorgeously scented with the most seductive, intense and lightly spicy dark-red fruit. A little more spice here. And something almost dusty – a dry mineral note that is tangled up with a hint of vanilla and sweet spice. The tannins are compact, firm, dry but paper-fine and many layered. Amazing density and fewer aromatic signs of whole-bunch. Deep and more savoury as it builds in the mouth. It is not so much long as increasingly present after you have no more wine in your mouth, like a presence that remains after someone has left the room. - Julia Harding MW,

97/100 - This year’s La Tâche reveals all of this vineyard’s hallmark exoticism, its kaleidoscopic nose emphasising aromas of dark, plummy fruits, Asian spices, tea-smoked duck, peony, cinnamon and hoisin. On the palate, the wine is very full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with a fine and ample chassis of minerally tannins, excellent intensity and a sapid, flavourful finish. - Wiliam Kelley, Decanter

97/100 - A touch paler ruby in colour, this has a broodingly seductive fragrance combining red berries, cedary spice and an undertone of stalky whole-bunch. You just want to keep on sniffing it, and diving in reveals an underlying berry sweetness which follows though to the plump, fleshy and rounded palate. It's full of copious loganberry fruit, with a continuing splash of cedar and sandalwood-like oak in combination. The texture is sleek and supple, the tannins almost imperceptible and beautifully rounded - that is until they creep up on you gradually, in combination with the juicy acidity, lending satisfying structural finesse and length. - Anthony Rose, Decanter

La Tâche is a small Grand Cru vineyard in the village of Vosne-Romanée, at the heart of the Côte de Nuits, and is a monopole of the legendary Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The 2016 vintage boasts a gloriously floral nose of violets and rose petals, following through to spicy red fruit on the plush, full-bodied palate. Balanced by beautifully fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity.
SKU: 01E16LT1
Bottle Size: 75CL
ABV: 13.5%
Vintage: 2016

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