Blood orange, star anise, cinnamon and dark red toned fruit, all waft from the glass in the 2019 La Tâche Grand Cru. There’s plenty of the trademark La Tâche aromatics, but it’s almost as if they are wrapped inside the fruit rather than around it. Here, too, the overall impression is of a Burgundy of power and tremendous overall intensity. Even though the 2019 is so alluring today, I wouldn’t think of opening a bottle anytime soon. The 2019 is a total stunner.
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2069
Picked on the afternoon of 16 September, the morning of 17 and all day on 18 with the young vines only brought in on 14 September. The 50-year-old vines yielded 23 hl/ha and 994 cases. Deep crimson. Rather more savoury than usual on the nose. But on the palate it’s so rich you could so easily drink it tonight! Such a seductive wine… Utterly sensual in terms of ripe fruit and length. Rich and perfumed. Just absolutely what we all seek in a red burgundy: rich fruit and yet delicate. Restores one’s faith in burgundy.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2048
A classic and super-fresh La Tâche nose freely offers up a kaleidoscopic range of spice elements that are laced with a wonderful array of floral nuances on the red and dark berry fruit scents. There is superb detail to the muscular big-bodied flavors that brim with both minerality and dry extract before culminating in an explosively long, balanced, youthfully austere and harmonious finish. This is sleek, classy and powerful and packed with development potential though a wine that’s going to require many decades to fully resolve the very firm lashing to supporting tannins. The 2019 LT reminds me of such recent vintages as the 2015, 2010 and 1999 but it may in fact ultimately surpass all of them, which is really saying something. In short, this too is absolutely brilliant.