The 2004 La Tâche is a brilliant example of the vintage in the making, with stunning complexity already in evidence on the both the nose and palate, despite the wine still being very youthful. The beautiful bouquet offers up a very complex blend of red and black cherries, beetroot, vinesmoke, a great base of soil, bitter chocolate, fresh herbs and just a touch of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and brilliantly focused, with a great core of fruit, beautiful balance and great length and grip on the tangy and moderately tannic finish. All this great wine needs is more time in the cellar (Drink between 2018-2065)
Although this wine is very firm and closed at the outset, it opens--and keeps opening in the mouth--to offer great fruit flavors. It is finely balanced, very pure, combining an ethereal character with the proper feet-in-the-soil taste of great Pinot Noir. Age for 20 years, if you can bear to wait. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
This too is sublime in its subtlety and grace with ineffably pure aromas and it strikes a balance between the opulence of the RSV and the restraint of the GE with an expressive yet ultra fine nose of rose petals, violets and seductive spice notes that introduce unbelievably refined flavors that seem crafted from silk and lace, culminating in a linear, mouth coating finish that detonates like a bomb and lasts and lasts. At present, this is taut and precise with the lithe muscularity of a world class gymnast yet it is not lean or unduly tight as there is a generosity to the mid-palate that serves to buffer the underlying tannic spine that will permit this to age for decades. This is clearly a great wine that epitomizes the concept of power without weight.
A solemn, muscular character emanates from this wine, featuring black currant, licorice and spice aromas and flavors. Compact and firm, this has broad shoulders and sweetness to the fruit. Offers nice tension, ripe tannins and fine length, with a rich, spicy aftertaste. (BS, Web Only-2012)
A broody nose and out of all the wines, this is the one that smells the most stalky. Complex though, very classic, with red-berried fruit, cigar box and a touch of bitter chocolate. The palate is disjointed at first and demands half an hour to meld together. Spicy and muscular, very traditional in style, not flamboyant but broody and sullen. But there is real intensity on the back palate with a green note on the finish. Very long, but this will need patience. Not a wine for those who like a bit of hedonism in their La Tache and without the persistency a great vintages. But still a class act. (NM-Wine Journal)
Good bright, deep red. Wonderfully perfumed, nuanced nose offers raspberry, smoke, earth, white truffle and this vineyard's typical cocktail of Oriental spices. Compellingly silky-sweet and suave on the palate, with great aromatic lift to the red fruit, spice and mineral flavors. This offers a rare combination of high and low tones on the nose and palate. Taut and sharply focused wine, finishing with superb, palate-saturating minerally persistence and great finesse of tannins. A great 2004. (ST)
Relatively pale a this early stage. Lovely broad, complex, flattering, autumnal notes on the nose and then very fresh and crystalline on the palate offering a sumptuous combination of that Tâche fan of rich violet flavours with refreshment too. Racy but far from skinny – more weight than the Richebourg. Very polished though perhaps not the weight of some really great vintages. 18.5/20 points. (JR)
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