Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 1985 (1x 750ml)Cote de Nuits


FRA - Burgundy

Expert Reviews

96 Points. Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate.November 2012

Poured from magnum, the 1985 La Tache is surprisingly paler in colour than I might have expected. The nose is very refined with touches of maraschino, limestone, strawberry preserve … the quintessential pure Pinot really. The palate is medium-bodied and perfectly balanced. This is an understated Grand Cru with filigree tannins and a refined finish with nuanced lapsang souchong embroidered on the finish. It is not La Tache that boldly goes out to prove itself. It is not the great ever produced. But it is an absolute masterclass in understatement.

95 Points. John Gilman.June 2003

1985 is a wonderfully complex La Tâche for current drinking, though as is the case with the 1989, the vintage’s lower acidity levels robs the wine of just a bit of the inimitable “tang” found in the best vintages. The bouquet is deep, beginning to develop secondary elements, and shows off the plummy and dark berry side of La Tâche found in riper years. Scents of plums and berries are augmented by notes of pheasant, coffee, fresh nutmeg, sous bois, earth, herb tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, lush and elegant, with excellent focus, a big, broad brush stroke, plenty of plummy fruit at the core, and a long, complex and velvety finish. The 1985 is now into its apogee of maturity and is drinking marvelously, though with all the constituent components in place to continue cruising along marvelously for two or three more decades. The 1985 is a more complete wine than the 1989 La Tâche, with better mid-palate depth and a just a touch better structure. However, like the 1989, the lower acidity of this vintage makes the wine seem to be missing just a bit of the sizzle of brighter vintages. Still, this is very, very fine juice.