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1978 DRC - La Tache 750ml
1978 DRC - La Tache
France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Vosne Romanee / Grand Cru
Red / Pinot Noir
1978 DRC - La Tache
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Burghound Author: Allen Meadows Issue: Archive

("1978 is a great vintage and very rich; perfect now". Aubert de Villaine. Meadows: 1978 was marked by a miserable growing season and it wasn't until the last 3 weeks before the harvest where very hot weather set in and essentially saved the vintage. The Domaine did not begin picking until October 16, an incredibly late date by today's standards, when it is rare to see anyone picking in October. 1978 is incontrovertibly the greatest vintage up to '93, easily surpassing '85, '88 and '89 and edging out '90. Whether '93 will eventually be its equal still remains to be seen.). Strong hoisin, soy and Asian spice notes but this is finally beginning to thin just a bit after a long run of drinking perfectly. The flavors remain the concentrated, sweet, very rich essence of mature burg with superb length and quality depth though it no longer possesses the detail and finesse it once did. This is still a wonderful wine but most bottles in my experience have seen their best days as the alcohol is now showing strongly and it should be drunk over the next 5 to at most 10 years. Consistent notes.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 100

PRODUCTION: 1,976 cases. This is a justifiably fabled vintage of La Tache, but owners of it should not push their luck. The 1978 has been fully mature for over five years. The color is a murky plum with some lightening at the edge. The wine offers an exquisite nose of smoked meats, jammy black fruits, floral scents, minerals, and damp forest-like aromas, as well as that unmistakable DRC prune-like character that comes from over-ripe fruit. Full-bodied and fleshy, with a chewy mid-palate revealing exceptional opulence, this silky-textured, smooth wine possesses high alcohol and a viscous finish. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. In magnum, this wine might be perfect!

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Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson

Good color. Stunning, seductive bouquet delivers pungent sweet cherry, forest floor, truffle and Asian spices. It saturates the palate with flavors, shows great extract yet remains elegant, ending in a long, intense finish.--La Tâche non-blind vertical.

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