2010 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru

SKU #1126937 98 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is perhaps even more floral than the Richebourg and every bit as spicy on the ultra-pure, cool and remarkably elegant mix of red and blue Pinot fruit, red currant and wild red berries that are openly mineral-inflected. As with all of the DRC '10s, the equally stony flavors and supporting tannins are extremely fine and while there is ample power and vibrancy, the palate feel is all silk and satin. To be sure, this is a big wine with impressive concentration but this is definitely not cut from the same cloth as say the 2005 or 2009 versions are. I can admire both styles but this one is seriously lovely. Readers should note however that while the 2010 LT is exceptionally fine it will still require some 20 to 25 years of cellar time before it reaches its full majority but when it does, it will be considered one of the all-time great vintages for this incredibly storied wine. If your pocketbook can stand the damage, this is an absolute 'do no miss under any circumstances' wine.  (1/2013)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 La Tache presents a rich tapestry of nearly indescribable elegance. The aromas and flavors seem to hover on the palate in this intensely sweet, perfumed La Tache. Bright floral notes, hard candy and mint ring out on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2030-2060. (AG)  (2/2012)

98 points Wine Spectator

 There's a unique dark, brooding side to this red. Black cherry, licorice, sandalwood, tobacco and woodsy spice notes mingle with dense tannins on the powerful frame, leading to a superb aftertaste of sweet fruit, spice and mineral.—Non-blind 2010 DRC tasting (March 2013). Best from 2018 through 2040. (Web Only—2013)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (just under 13% alcohol, without chaptalization): Good bright, full red. Ineffable high-pitched aromas of raspberry, pomegranate, cranberry, spices, flowers and white pepper. Wonderfully sappy and fine-grained, with outstanding inner-mouth mineral-driven perfume to the taut flavors of pungent red berries, flowers and spices. Most impressive today on the inexorably building finish, which features very suave tannins and great energy and lift. Built for a very long life in bottle and yet this great La Tâche already reveals considerable charm. (ST)  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 NB vintage. Very rich and haunting on the nose with truffles and violets. Then admirably firm on the palate. But so much stuffing! Liqueur red burgundy… Great energy. Great muscularity. Wonderful silkiness almost disguises those tannins. Enormous persistence without heaviness. Neat finish. Thoroughly energetic. Absolutely heavenly. Bravo! (19.5/20 points)  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

97 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The La Tâche 2010 was picked between 26th and 27th September at a measly 21hl/ha. Comparing it directly against the Romanee-Conti, the first impression is that the latter clearly has great clarity and delineation. You can tell that this is going to be a rich, generous nose and of all the crus in 2010, this bears the most semblance to the 2009. Scents of wild strawberry, raspberry coulis, peach skin and candied around peel abound. Monitoring this La Tâche over ten to fifteen minutes, at unveils greater clarity in the glass with hints of smoke and sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth texture. It is immensely pure and refined with a caressing texture, a little more plush than the Romanee St. Vivant. It is a deceptive wine: straightforward in the first half but revealing much more terroir expression and mineralite in the second. Total production is 1,870 cases. Tasted January 2013."

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