2012 DRC - La Tache

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / VOSNE-ROMANEE
  • 97 WA
  • 98 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 52633-2012-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 98

    Bright dark red. Musky strawberry, raspberry, wild spices and minerals on the pure but rather subdued nose; less showy today than the RSV or Richebourg. The palate offers outstanding imploded intensity and lift to the almost liqueur-like red berry and spice flavors. Wonderfully full without being the least bit heavy. The sugar/acid balance here is truly exhilarating. Great expanding aftertaste shows a captivating candied quality and terrific lift and cut.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2012 La Tache was picked September 25 and 27 at 21 hectoliters per hectare. It is blessed with one of those aromatic profiles that stops you in your tracks, in some ways stops time itself. There is an intensity and drive here, a mixture of red and black fruit, autumn leaves and wet limestone and later, roof tiles on a hot July afternoon. The palate is medium-bodied and nigh perfectly balanced. The tannins are filigree, the fruit extremely pure with an intense mineraliite on the finish. There is an effortless quality about this La Tache and yet is just clams up on the finish, does not quite deliver that knockout blow that so many other vintages have given. Perhaps it is saving it for later? Readers should note that there is just 1,113 cases produced rather than the usual 1,870.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    There isn't much to say about the 2012 La Tache because it is nearly as complete as a young wine can possibly be. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. In 2012 it is the wine's extraordinary textural finesse and huge towering structure that stand out. The classic La Tache floral and savory notes are all amped up by the richness and overall intensity of the year.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Burghound | Rating: 97

    Though this is by no means exuberant, it's clear that there is good ripeness to the spiced green tea, hoisin, soy, anise, sandalwood and rose petal aromas. The cool, pure and seductively textured medium weight plus flavors brim with both minerality and plenty of dry extract that buffers the extremely firm but not hard shaping tannins on the overtly austere if seriously persistent finish. This is perhaps best described as a block of stone at present and while the tannins are quite fine they are dense and coat the mouth. This is clearly going to need a lot of time and unlike several of the wines in the range, it's not likely to be a good candidate for early drinking. Despite the presence of plenty of volume and muscle, I would still describe 2012 as a vintage of finesse for this storied wine. In a word, brilliant.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: RaViCo

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

  • 1323 bottles owned
  • 151 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 151 collectors)