1996 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache [RP-98pts]


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Tasting Notes:

98 points Wine Advocate

A deep ruby colour with very little ageing. There is a tangible stalkiness on the nose that seems to dissipate with a few swirls of the glass. The nose is reticent at first, dark cherries, blackberry leaf, a touch of dried blood and cooked meats with blueberries and violets evolving after twenty minutes in the glass. The palate has beautiful poise, firm tannins and moving towards secondary flavours: sour cherry, dried orange peel, and a ferrous finish. I feel this La Tache is undergoing its adolescence, an “awkwardness” that will resolve itself five or six years hence. “A moody git” are the last three words I scribbled as I vainly tried to extract it out of its sulk, but I give up. Just cellar it because it will deliver! Tasted February 2008. NM

96 points Wine Spectator

Deep color. Very pure fruit confit aromas of cassis and blackberry. A rich La Tâche, with a combination of ripeness and high acidity. It’s up front in its appeal today, with a great nose and tight finish. (BS)  (6/2006)

95 points Burghound

Fantastically pure with the classic spice box, hoisin and soy nose followed by big, rich, very structured flavors that display notes of earth, leather and tea. The tannins are big, ripe and are completely buffered by the sap with length that is simply phenomenal. This remains completely primary in character and seems not to have budged at all since it was bottled. A fine, if not genuinely great, vintage for La Tâche that is softer in the mouth than the ’96 Grands Ech and this should improve for another decade and last for 50 years. Very classy juice.  (6/2019)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Always stored properly in a climate controlled cellar.


Some condensation stains on the rear label as shown. Overall excellent condition.

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