1978 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache
The La Tache was sublime and possibly the best wine I’ve ever tasted. Amazingly fresh for something that’s pushing 40 years old. It greets you with a sensation like cool water, coolness rising up from the glass with menthol and eucalyptus. Like walking into the flower dome, and I think of small white flowers. The glossy brick red colour translates into subdued red fruit in the mouth, faint berries held together with good acidity in perfect balance. The structure is well-developed with mellow tannins. It changes again with an hour in the glass, becomes gradually secondary with umami, truffles, shitake mushrooms in the undergrowth, like riding a horse into the forest alone. The fruit and sugar retract further to leave a more lasting and savoury finish.
This is a unicorn wine, and we would have loved to watch it evolve into the night…
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