1961 Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache Burgundy - 750ml

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1961 DRC La Tache Burgundy

This bottle is from a wonderful private client's cellar and is quite a deal for the DRC La Tache lover...........Very nice bottle with excellent color!! In 1961 we bottled barrel by barrel and there was still quite a bit of gas in the wines. Also not all of...

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Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 1961
Rating 89 WS
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Romanee Conti Domaine de la
Locale Vosne Romanee
Site La Tache
Color Red
Wine Type Table
1961 DRC La Tache Burgundy

This bottle is from a wonderful private client's cellar and is quite a deal for the DRC La Tache lover...........Very nice bottle with excellent color!! In 1961 we bottled barrel by barrel and there was still quite a bit of gas in the wines. Also not all of the lees were clean near the bottom and thus we've experienced more bottle variation than we're happy about. However good bottles are very impressive if not quite so good as the '62s. Aubert de Villaine Meadows: The '61 red Burgundy vintage was for many years quite highly regarded though I suspect that this had more to do with the stellar reputation of their Bordeaux brethren than the wines themselves. Yields were low lower than '62 or '64 and slightly lower than '69. To be sure the wines were quite good through the 1970s and most of the 1980s but I have never thought the vintage was much above average. Today however most of the '61s are tiring. The Domaine which began the harvest on October 7th made fine '61s and in my experience the La Tache was the best of the range easily surpassing a good but not better Romanee-Conti. In fact a recent bottle of La Tache was simply spectacular holding its own if not surpassing a perfect bottle of the '43. The bottle at the tasting was lovely but tiring and took over 90 minutes to really begin to open. Another bottle tasted in May 2003 was much better with the following note: A simply stunning nose of sheer elegance and incredible breed with all of the spice hoisin soy dried rose petal and sweet earth notes imaginable followed by rich full wonderfully complex flavors that dance across the palate ending in superb length. The only nit is that it is starting to thin out now on the backend revealing a touch of acidity. Otherwise this is a brilliant example for the vintage and it towers over the Romanee-Conti. BH

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