05-13-2010 05-13-2010
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2503 Boston
May 13, 2010 6:00PMCalender

Domaine de la Romanee Conti, La Tache 1996

Auction: Fine Wines - 2503 Location: Boston Date / Time: May 13, 2010 6:00PM


Domaine de la Romanee Conti, La Tache 1996
Bottle No. 06258

Cote de Nuits
u: 2cm

"("it's quite possible that the '96 will be the longest lived of any La Tâche produced in many years" - AdV). Fantastically pure with the classic spice box, hoisin and soy nose followed by big, rich, very structured flavors that display notes of earth, leather and tea. The tannins are big, ripe and are completely buffered by the sap with length that is simply phenomenal. This remains completely primary in character and seems not to have budged at all since it was bottled. A genuinely great vintage for La Tâche that is softer in the mouth than the '96 Grands Ech and this should improve for another decade and last for 50 years. Very classy juice. Note: while it's happened only twice, the '96 can be intensely vegetal on the nose and not exhibit the purity that the wine is justifiably famous for; however, I have tasted so many outstanding bottles of the '96 LT that I view these two examples as outliers. Drink 2016+" Burghound, 96 pts, 01/10
1 bottle
Estimate $1,000-1,500