2009 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 96-98
Vinous Media: 96
Burghound: 98
Red Wine
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$1,300.00
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"The 2009 La Tache is a symphony of aromas, flavors and textures. The wine literally covers every inch of the palate with endless nuance and a generous, enveloping personality. There is more than enough fruit to balance the tannins, but despite the open, radiant personality, the 2009 possesses plenty of material and sheer structure to support several decades of cellaring. This is a fabulous wine. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2049.

The historic Domaine de la Romanee-Conti has recently moved offices to a renovated complex in the center of Vosne. Aubert de Villaine compares the 2009s to the 1959s. I will have to take his word for it, as I wasn-t even close to being born when those wines were made. De Villaine thinks the 2009s will remain open throughout their lives. Unfortunately I wasn-t able to taste the Grands-Echezeaux, Richebourg and Romanee-St. Vivant, as the wines were bottled in the days leading up to my visit. I will report on those wines from bottle later this year. The harvest started on September 10 with Corton and ended on September 19 with the last of the Echezeaux. The 2009s were vinified with 100% whole clusters and aged in 100% new oak barrels." (WA)

"Bright red-ruby. Subtle, sweet perfume of black raspberry, spices and truffle. Compellingly sweet, sexy wine with terrific vinosity to frame its ripe berry, floral and underbrush flavors. The wine's inner-mouth aromatic character owes more to spices and earth than to high-pitched fruits and flowers, but this is like bottled pheromones. Finishes with powerful mouthdusting tannins and superb lift and length." (IWC)

"A discreet but incredibly complex nose features notes of spicy, pure and relatively high-toned fruit that is laced with plenty of rose petal and violet hints. There is excellent energy and freshness to the lacy and stunningly precise broad-scaled flavors that build in intensity from the densely concentrated mid-palate to the explosive and mouth coating finish that seemingly goes on without end. This is a big LT with ample muscle and very firm but not aggressive structure along with superb depth of underlying material and positively mind-blowing length. But the real genius of this wine is the Zen-like harmony and poise though note that it is very tightly wound and will need many years of cellaring before it will be completely ready. In a word, magnificent." (BH)