Robert Parker – 93
Tasted at the La Tâche vertical at The Square. The La Tâche 2000 has never been reviewed by The Wine Advocate. Despite the challenges of this modest Burgundy season, it should not be overlooked. It clearly has a more mature appearance than the 1999 with wide bricking on the rim. The aromatics are also more advanced with bacon fat and baking powder infusing the red and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, tart red cherries on the entry and then moving confidently toward secondary notes on the finish-cola, brown spices and sage. There is a lovely purity to this La Tâche that is probably reaching its peak now, but should plateau for 10-15 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030
Vinous – 94
Good full medium red. Pure aromas of cassis, violet and minerals. Rich, sweet, suave and penetrating, with lovely mineral character and integrated acidity contributing to an impression of precision. Very primary, long and subtle on the back end. This makes the Romanee-Conti seem almost earthy by comparison. (While this bottle was a beauty, my first was plagued by a dusty note on the nose and a nagging dryness through the middle and finish, perhaps due to a slightly affected cork. The 2000 La Tache was bottled barrel by barrel.)