La Tâche is the thoughtful middle sibling, more focused than the slightly brash Richebourg, and richer and fuller than the refined La Romanée-Conti. This vineyard especially requires time in bottle to truly reveal its subtle complexities. This is another of DRC’s monopole Grand Cru vineyards and produces fewer than 2000 cases a year. The 2016 gave this middle child succulence and structure enveloped in velvety tannins and sweet cedary new oak. Antonio Galloni mused. “There is a gentle crescendo from start to finish, though being La Tâche 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.” One of the few wines that holds a mythic reputation and truly lives up to it.
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The La Tâche 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 Tâche in the making, but it is also one of the more reticent wines in the range and will demand some bottle age.