Ratings & Tasting notes:
98 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby with a touch of brick. The La Tache gives very little on the nose to begin with but soon blossoms into the most incredible cherry compote, black truffle, cloves, loam, saucisson and tobacco leaf aromas. The palate shows exemplary structure and concentration, seamlessly knitting very crisp acidity with a firm level of very finely grained tannins and layer upon layer of complex fruit, mineral and game flavours. Very long finish. This wine has many great years left and will generously reward the patient. (LPB) (5/2010)
95 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Excellent deep red. Higher-pitched, liqueur-like aromas of raspberry, cassis and licorice; subtle and complex. Lush, voluptuous and stuffed with dark fruit flavor. Finishes with dusty, substantial tannins that build in the glass. This wine fabulous fruit is easy to see today, but it, too, wants to shut down. (ST) (4/1998)
95 points Wine Spectator
A sensational La Tache that’s as good as I remember upon release. Shows a suppleness in the tannins without compromising the compact mineral, wet earth and ironlike flavors that express this grand cru’s terroir. Balanced, with lots of beautiful fruit, but above all it has pleasure and harmony etched all over it. (PM) (9/1999)
94 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
The maturing nose combines moderate floral notes with those of spice, soy and hoisin . There is excellent density, power and minerality to the broad-shouldered flavors culminating in a long and dusty if ever-so-slightly dry finish where a hint of mocha appears. This has the potential to be very long lived and even at 20+ years of age, it’s clear that it still has another 5-ish years or so before it reaches its full potential. Multiple notes with consistent results. (8/2015)
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.
Mild label nicks. Fill level 1.5 cm below bottom of foil.
For exact label condition, see photos.