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DRC Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache 2016 Rated 98WA

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Wine Advocate Review
Rated 98
More reserved than the Richebourg and Romanee-St-Vivant, the 2016 La Tache Grand Cru unwinds in the glass with aromas of wild berries, licorice, rose petal, smoked duck and love, framed by a touch of cedary new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and velvety, with a deep, concentrated but tight-knit core, its firm chassis of fine-grained, structuring tannins cloaked in succulent fruit, underpinned by juicy acids. The finish is long and reverberative. This is a stunning La Tache in the making, but it is also one of the more reticent wines in the range and will demand some bottle age. Drink 2026-2065.

VinoUS Media Review
Rated 98
The 2016 La Tache Grand Cru was picked on September 24-25 at 31hL/ha (the highest of the five crus). It has an utterly sublime bouquet of blackberry, briar, crushed limestone, a dash of cracked black pepper and a little oregano. This is extremely complex and displays exquisite focus, to the extent that you could just sit and nose it all day. The palate is beautifully balanced, the spicy red fruit framed by filigreed tannin that belies its backbone. There is a gentle crescendo from start to finish, though being La Tache it retains complete control. The precision and detail in the final third are deeply impressive. Less fruit-forward than the 2015, and lightly spiced, with an insistent grip. There is a captivating sense of completeness that will ensure longevity through three or four decades. 1,814 cases produced. Tasted at Corney & Barrow's annual in-bottle tasting in London. (Neal Martin)

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