2002 DRC - La Tache

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / VOSNE-ROMANEE
  • 97 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 52633-2002-750-0
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    Tasted at the La Tache vertical at The Square. It was initially difficult to choose between the 1999 and 2002 La Tache, but in the end the former just ascended to the stratosphere, while the latter simply cruised, albeit at a very high altitude. Now at 13 years of age, there is just a slight bricking on the rim. It feels a little more forward than the 1999 - a stylish and personality-driven bouquet with predominantly red berry fruit interlaced with warm bricks and undergrowth (much more so of the latter compared to the 1999). The palate is beautifully balanced with exquisite tannin, perfect acidity and an effortless, you might say easygoing personality. That is deceptive because it is a complex and utterly harmonious La Tache that is the epitome of elegance. Unlike the 1999, I would broach this now with an hour's decanting. Wonderful.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2045
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: 218
  • Rating: 96

    This is very reserved though determined swirling reveals a nose that is exceptionally fine and pure with fantastic aromatic detail and an almost diaphanous transparency of expression that reveals all of the kaleidoscopic La Tƒche spice box nose, including anise, clove, plums, high-toned black cherry, crushed red raspberry and more. The broad, expansive and powerful flavors are quite strict on the mid-palate with massive depth yet the finish is round, generous, sappy and superbly complex with a finish that lasts for minutes. Despite the aromatic fireworks and opulent character, there is an underlying tenderness here that suggests that this will be approachable relatively early but the balance is so fine that this should easily age for 30 years, perhaps longer.
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    This is closed overall, with subtle aromas, hinting at cherry, floral and mineral flavors. Has latent energy waiting to be unleashed. Shows great refinement and length, with the mineral element echoing on the finish.--Non-blind 2002 DRC tasting (February 2005). Best from 2015 through 2040.           
    Drink Dates: 2015-2040
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Issue: Web Only - 2012
  • Burghound | Rating: 96

    This is still rather reserved though determined swirling reveals a nose that is exceptionally fine and pure with fantastic aromatic detail and an almost diaphanous transparency of expression that reveals all of the kaleidoscopic La Tâche spice box nose, including anise, clove, plums, high-toned black cherry, crushed red raspberry and more. The broad, expansive and powerful flavors are still on the strict side with a mid-palate of massive depth yet the finish is round, generous, sappy and superbly complex culminating in a finish that lasts for minutes. Despite the aromatic fireworks and opulent character, there is an underlying tenderness here that will allow the '02 LT to be approachable now even if it's not entirely ready. With that said, the balance is so fine that this should easily age for another 30 years, perhaps even longer. Tasted thrice since 2011 with consistent notes. Tasted: April, 2018
    Drink Dates: 2022+
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    I am surprised by how delicate the 2002 La Tâche is, especially from magnum. Bright, crystalline and nuanced, the 2002 speaks more to energy and finesse than the more powerful, resonant expression of the year that is found in so many other 2002s. I like the 2002 a lot, but I don’t love it. Reviewed: November, 2017

    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18


    This wine had been double decanted 90 minutes before I tasted it, at the tasting before a Zachy's sale at the Four Seasons restaurant. The strip label says this wine was shipped by Allyn & Scott Wines of London to Wine Cellars Ltd of Briarwood. Mid cherry red that's not that dense. Heady, gamey nose. Sweet start with excellent acidity. Sinewy and lively. Very friendly and approachable already. Smooth-textured with real lift. Lots of fun!

    Drink Dates: 2014-2038
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: blacktruffle

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) is Burgundy's most famous estate, producing all grand cru wines from 25 hectares of vines. The wines are made in extremely limited quantities and generate some of the highest prices on the market. DRC produces the grands crus Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Grands Échezeaux, Échezeaux, and Montrachet, of which both Romanée Conti and La Tâche are monopoles.

Co-proprietor Aubert de Villaine has farmed the vineyards organically since 1986 and has adhered to traditional, natural winemaking practices. Only natural yeasts are used, and aging is done in 100% new oak. The wines are characterized by finesse, balance, and refinement. They clearly reflect a sense of place and have the ability to age while increasing in both character and value.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1004 bottles owned
  • 181 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 181 collectors)