The 1953 La Tâche Grand Cru is one of the best I have encountered from this decade. It demonstrates modest bricking that is commensurate with its age. The bouquet is extremely complex with forest floor, black truffle and hints of Provençal herbs interlacing the red fruit. Later there is a suggestion of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity. Hints of Earl Grey develop with time and it ends with a gorgeous, autumnal finish that personifies grace. This bottle has impeccable provenance that partly explains why it shows so well. Tasted at a private dinner at La Trompette in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2040
Robert Parker 95
This note for the La Tâche 1953 comes from a private dinner held at La Trompette in September 2014 rather than the bottle at the La Tâche vertical that did not quite have the same freshness. The provenance for the first bottle was impeccable, coming from Ronald Avery’s cellar in Bristol having never been moved. It has an extremely complex bouquet with vestiges of decayed red fruit mixed with black truffle, tobacco and even a touch of garrigue. The palate is beautifully balanced with a crisp line of acidity. There is a touch of Earl Grey tea that is a commonality with the Romanée-Conti ’53 and it concludes with a mellow, harmonious finish that has an autumnal air. What a graceful La Tâche.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025