Wow! It is unbelievable to me that a wine this light in color can be so powerful! Surely it was the most complex wine I have ever tasted. And this was just one of many great bottles of old Burgundy and Bordeaux we were fortunate enough to taste. Special thanks to Scott Sutherland, Miko Denson and the Pearl River Resort for making it possible.
Here are the tasting notes on the La Tache compiled by me and several of my sommelier friends. I will publish more details of this incredible tasting soon!
Domaine de la Romanee Conti, La Tache, 1957
This vintage was still under the ownership of Madame Bize Leroy. The wine evolved over the approximately 40 minutes that we reveled in it, but at first the nose showed iron and violets with iron, brine and black cherry on the palate. Next, the wine began to show dried strawberry and its spice notes of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Remarkably, we noted very fine tannins still present on this old Pinot Noir. And finally, the wine really started to show its stuff as we noticed dill, tobacco leaf, tea, and tangerine oil. Sure hope I get to taste this wine again someday soon!