Neil Martin 96-98
Aubert de Villaine remarked that there is "one more dimension" to the 2013 La Tâche Grand Cru and that he would be in no hurry to bottle it. The barrel sample makes an immediate impression on the nose. It is immeasurably complex with cranberry and pomegranate scents at first, autumn woodland accompanied by candied orange peel and limestone scents. The palate is very complex and beautifully balanced. Perfect acidity, surfeit with tension, this La Tâche gradually crescendos to a pixelated finish that has enormous persistence in the mouth. Stunning.
Wine Advocate 97 Neal Martin
The 2013 La Tâche Grand Cru was picked from the afternoon of October 7 and over the next two days at 18 hectoliters per hectare. It has a heavenly nose with exquisite mineral-rich red cherry, wild strawberry, blood orange and subtle woodland, damp autumn leaf and moss aromas that are extraordinarily complex. It seems to gain vigor and intensity with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a slightly suppler La Tâche compared to recent years, a wine with an athleticism. There is nothing wasted or superfluous here, a honed La Tâche that is all about tensile structure matched by perfect acidity and an incredibly complex, kaleidoscopic finish that seems so mercurial in the glass, initially offering red fruit then changing its mind and revealing darker and more tertiary notes. In a word: awesome. Production is 1,023 cases. Tasted February 2016.
Antonio Galloni 95-98
Pure silk on the palate, the 2013 La Tâche is a wine of texture above all else. Hints of rose petal, spice, mint and sweet red stone fruits are laced together in a fabric of nearly indescribable tactile finesse. Bright saline notes support an eternal finish laced with super-expressive floral and spice overtones. In 2013, La Tâche has it all. Along with the Romanée St.-Vivant, La Tâche is one of the clear stars in this range.
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Considered the pinnacle of Burgundy, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti produces some of the world's most revered wines from its tiny vineyards in Vosne-Romanée. Two of the Domaine's seven grand cru vineyards -- La Romanée-Conti and La Tâche -- are monopoles and unarguably the greatest vineyards in Burgundy. Montrachet in Chassagne, Richebourg, Romanée-St.-Vivant, Grands Échézeaux and Echézeaux are also grand cru vineyards, yielding sublime wines that are among the most highly sought after, seductive and rarest in the world.
"The Domaine's wines, particularly Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg and in recent vintages Romanée-St.-Vivant, have an almost magical aura about them. Much of this stems from their consistent quality from vintage to vintage and their ability to age extremely well. They also transmit a sense of place, the fundamental notion of climat that is central to the character of great Burgundy. As such, each vineyard has its own distinctive character, structure and style." Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson