2005 Romanee Conti, Domaine de la La Tache Grand Cru

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  • Pinot Noir
  • 750ML
  • WA 99
  • BH 99
  • IWC 96

Reviews for 2005 Romanee Conti, Domaine de la La Tache Grand Cru

WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2007
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... 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.
BH 99
Burghound - Burghound, January 2008
There is only one word to do the nose true justice and that is kaleidoscopic as the aromatic breadth here is simply dazzling with red and black cherry cassis plum and subtle earth notes replete with the same Asian spice... There is only one word to do the nose true justice and that is kaleidoscopic as the aromatic breadth here is simply dazzling with red and black cherry cassis plum and subtle earth notes replete with the same Asian spice cabinet aromas as the RSV displays but here the floral aspect particularly rose petal is much more pronounced. However the '05 LT is almost a combination of the RSV's class grace and sensuality and the Riche's power taut muscularity and huge length as the overall palate impact is equivalent to a vinous bomb exploding on the cuts-like-a-knife finish that can be measured in minutes not seconds. This is structured to the point of being chewy yet it is never rustic or coarse because the gorgeously detailed palate 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 this is a huge but utterly classy and stylish wine that will undoubtedly go down as one of the all time great LT's.
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, April 2008
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... 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.