Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Monopole Grand Cru – 2014

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Wine Information

Region

France > Burgundy > Cote de Nuits > Vosne-Romanee

Producer

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

Type

Red

Grape

Pinot Noir

Advice

Keep

Vineyard

La Tache

Producer

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

Appellation

La Tache

Designation

AOP

Classification

Grand Cru

Cuvee Bottling

Monopole

Gallery


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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 28/09/2017
Drink: 2020-2050


The 2014 La Tâche Grand Cru is a very refined nose, so much so that blind I might mistake it from Romanée-Conti (as I opined to Bertrand de Villaine himself). Very precise, extremely pure and with wonderful mineralité, there is a lucidity embroidered into this wine. The palate is medium-bodied, symmetrical, with a little edginess creeping in here that lends the finish a sense...

...of animation. The fruit shades from red to more black as it opens, yet the aftertaste is extraordinarily long and persistent. There is a kind of magic in this La Tâche. Before commenting upon Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's wines, I should re-emphasize as I did last year, that tasting this illustrious domaine's wines from barrel is for academic purposes. These 2014s will not be offered to consumers until they are in bottle and of course, they will inevitably change and evolve in the intervening period, as all Burgundy wines are prone to do between barrel and bottle. On the other hand, I personally find it educational to chart their progress from prenatal wines in barrel, through their respective élevages, then not only in bottle after release, but (fingers crossed) during their lifetime. This is why I always post mature bottle notes in my "Up From The Cellar" series. I do hope readers gain vicarious pleasure from these barrel notes, some insight from the commentary that will complement the article composed when I eventually taste them again in bottle. I tasted through these wines with the stocky but affable Bertrand de Villaine, who is now taking more and more daily responsibilities from his uncle Aubert. It was one of the most interesting barrel tastings that I have performed in their hallowed cellars. That does not imply they were the greatest that I have ever tasted. Bertrand kindly left me to my own thoughts as I tasted through the reds, but requested my thoughts afterwards. I felt that this was a septet of mischievous children, teasing me by mimicking each other's personalities. La Tâche and Romanée-Conti had decided to swap, the former so ineffably discrete, Romanée-Conti "putting it out" there and letting it's hair down. Picture an Oxford don doing the conga. Richebourg decided to align itself with La Tâche and seemed to accentuate it tertiary qualities whereas Romanée-Saint-Vivant was more like Grands Echézeaux, and so damn seductive that one had to resist temptation and call over to Bernard Noblet, a lanky lighthouse what with that lamp strapped around his head, and order him to bottle it immediately.


Robert Parker
Tasted: 28/09/2017
Drink: 2020-2050


The 2014 La Tâche Grand Cru was picked on 17, 18 and 20 September at 32 hectoliters per hectare, bottled between 1 and 25 April 2016. It has a quite startling bouquet: dark berry fruit, bay leaf, hints of jasmine tea and autumn leaves. It delivers multi-faceted aromatics, a mercurial bouquet, brown spices emerging with continued aeration in the glass. It is a tad more forward...

...than I expected. The palate is medium-bodied with great structure and fine grip. This is a slightly more masculine La Tâche and replicating its performance in barrel, the fruit spectrum shimmies from red to black (incidentally, exactly as I observed when I tasted it in barrel). There is a lovely lift on the finish that leaves you with a piquant kiss on the cheek. This is wonderful. 1,929 cases produced. Tasted February 2017.


Vinous
Tasted: 03/01/2017
Drink: 2030-2044
Author: Stephen Tanzer


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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/12/2015
Drink: 2020-2050


The 2014 La Tâche Grand Cru is a very refined nose, so much so that blind I might mistake it from Romanée-Conti (as I opined to Bertrand de Villaine himself). Very precise, extremely pure and with wonderful mineralité, there is a lucidity embroidered into this wine. The palate is medium-bodied, symmetrical, with a little edginess creeping in here that lends the finish a sense...

...of animation. The fruit shades from red to more black as it opens, yet the aftertaste is extraordinarily long and persistent. There is a kind of magic in this La Tâche. Before commenting upon Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's wines, I should re-emphasize as I did last year, that tasting this illustrious domaine's wines from barrel is for academic purposes. These 2014s will not be offered to consumers until they are in bottle and of course, they will inevitably change and evolve in the intervening period, as all Burgundy wines are prone to do between barrel and bottle. On the other hand, I personally find it educational to chart their progress from prenatal wines in barrel, through their respective élevages, then not only in bottle after release, but (fingers crossed) during their lifetime. This is why I always post mature bottle notes in my "Up From The Cellar" series. I do hope readers gain vicarious pleasure from these barrel notes, some insight from the commentary that will complement the article composed when I eventually taste them again in bottle. I tasted through these wines with the stocky but affable Bertrand de Villaine, who is now taking more and more daily responsibilities from his uncle Aubert. It was one of the most interesting barrel tastings that I have performed in their hallowed cellars. That does not imply they were the greatest that I have ever tasted. Bertrand kindly left me to my own thoughts as I tasted through the reds, but requested my thoughts afterwards. I felt that this was a septet of mischievous children, teasing me by mimicking each other's personalities. La Tâche and Romanée-Conti had decided to swap, the former so ineffably discrete, Romanée-Conti "putting it out" there and letting it's hair down. Picture an Oxford don doing the conga. Richebourg decided to align itself with La Tâche and seemed to accentuate it tertiary qualities whereas Romanée-Saint-Vivant was more like Grands Echézeaux, and so damn seductive that one had to resist temptation and call over to Bernard Noblet, a lanky lighthouse what with that lamp strapped around his head, and order him to bottle it immediately.


JancisRobinson.com
Tasted: 02/02/2017
Drink: 2034-2050


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Domaine de la Romanée Conti
Estate Information
Area under vines: 25 hectares
Soils: Clay and Limestone
Average of the Vineyards : 45 years
Production: 80 000 bottles a year
Ageing: in barrels from 12 to 18 months for red wine and for 18 months for white wine

Grape varieties:
  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
Domaine Type: Grower

Grand Cru Vineyard Holdings:
  • Montrachet Grand Cru : 0,6759 ha
  • Richebourg Grand Cru : 3,5110 ha
  • Echezeaux Grand Cru : 4,6737 ha
  • Grand Echezeaux Grand Cru : 3,5263 ha
  • Romanée-Conti Grand Cru : 1,8140 ha
  • La Tâche Grand Cru : 6,0620 ha
  • Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru : 5,2858 ha
  • Clos du Roi Grand Cru : 0,5721 ha
  • Bressandes Grand Cru : 1,1944 ha
  • Renardes Grand Cru : 0,5081 ha

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Domaine de La Romanée Conti, 1 Rue Derrière le Four, Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy, France
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