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1989 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache

Light capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; 4 cm ullage; label condition issue

ITEM 8239792 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased from a private collector

Bidder Amount Total
$4,100

RATINGS

*****Michael Broadbent

...a somewhat chocolatey fragrance which after a long time in the glass took on strawberry-like fruitiness, still spicy after six hours. Fairly sweet, full, still assertive, notably tannic and with along, piquant, fruity extension.

94Wine Spectator

The immediate impression is one of a fresh, sumptuous nose of cherry and currants.

94Burghound.com

The hallmark spice of a great La Tâche is present in spades with outstanding aromatic complexity... excellent concentration to the velvety and wonderfully rich flavors... wonderful depth... a mouth coating, delicious and hugely long finish.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

... dark ruby color, followed by a smoky, oak-dominated nose with obvious ripe black fruit ...Medium to full-bodied, with excellent to outstanding concentration..

Clive Coates

Good colour. Excellent nose. Very stylish, lovely fruit and balance. This has begun to close in a little and the attack is less difinitive than the finish. Long. Fine. Complex. Classy.

PRODUCER

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is unquestionably Burgundy’s most famous estate, and among serious oenophiles, it may be the most famous wine estate in the world. Its Grand Cru Pinot Noirs and one Chardonnay regularly command some of the highest prices for any wine produced anywhere in the world, and according to many reviewers the wines are generally celestial. Though its history is complicated, the domaine is now owned by several long-time Burgundy families, with some owners holding just a very few shares. The 62.5 acres of vineyard owned by the domaine are planted to Pinot Noir and a small amount of Chardonnay. The wines produced are Grands Echezeaux, Echezeaux, Romanee-St.-Vivant, Montrachet, Richebourg, Romanee-Conti, and La Tache. Of the Pinot Noirs, the rarest is the Romanee-Conti, with an annual production of only 450 cases. The most plentiful, theoretically, is La Tache, produced in quantities of about 1,900 cases annually.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanee, La Tache

La Tache is a 14.4-acre Grand Cru monopole in the Cote de Nuits owned exclusively by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Until 1932 La Tache was a much smaller vineyard, but in that year the government allowed Domaine de la Romanee-Conti to buy the adjacent 11-acre Les Gaudichots vineyard. La Tache’s elevation is 255 to 300 meters and it has several kinds of soil including large amounts of limestone and clay.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Grand Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.

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