The 2014 La Tache has a beautifully sweet fruited, even opulent nose with a fine interplay between fruit, forest and fragrance. Red cherry, raisined cranberries, leafy sap and sweet confit notes abound, sprinkled with pink blossom perfume. Also the most pretty candied red fruits, chalky minerality and sappy stalk spice, so expertly and effortlessly melded so as to be inseparable.
The palate is every bit as spellbinding as the nose suggests showing layered minerality and impressive tension. One starts to see why Aubert de Villane describes 2014 as a year of terroir and minerality. There’s an impressive core of red and black fruits and a tensile graphite finish. Such great depth and power, softly stated but clearly displayed like a badge of higher pedigree. This is a very serious, seductive La Tache that captures and combines the very finest elements of the vintage to produce the most impressive wine out of the 2014 Domaine de la Romanee Conti offerings. Plenty of hedonistic drinking enjoyment lie ahead for the lucky few who manage to put a few of these bottles in their cellar.
(Wine Safari Score: 98/100 Greg Sherwood MW)