Pale to medium ruby with a touch of brick. The La Tache gives very little on the nose to begin with but soon blossoms into the most incredible cherry compote, black truffle, cloves, loam, saucisson and tobacco leaf aromas. The palate shows exemplary structure and concentration, seamlessly knitting very crisp acidity with a firm level of very finely grained tannins and layer upon layer of complex fruit, mineral and game flavours. Very long finish. This wine has many great years left and will generously reward the patient.
98 points, Wine Advocate, May 2010
...a bottle shared between two so that I was able to witness how this wine blossoms and boy, does it blossom. The nose is just pure Pinot in excelsis, touches of wild strawberry, redcurrant, a tangible mineralite… but it is the delineation and the clarity that is so ethereal. The palate is beautifully balanced, perfect acidity, swelling with intensity (not power) over the course of two hours, brilliant precision with touches of raspberry and wild strawberry and just exuberant, 'Pinote'. It just glides across the palate and lingers on the finish so that you cannot forget it in a hurry. Sublime. Drink now-2030+
96 points, Wine Journal, March 2010
Stylistically, this borrows elements from both the '97 and the '96 as it combines moderate floral notes with most of the spice, soy and hoisin of the '96 plus the densest flavours of any vintage to this point. The mid-palate doesn't have quite the same sap of the '96 and the long, dusty finish offers a hint of chocolate and violets. This too has the potential to be very long lived and even at 13 years of age, it's clear that it still has another seven to 10 years to go before it reaches its full potential. Multiple notes with consistent results; in fact, a recent bottle tasted in Burgundy was even better than the bottle in the big La Tâche tasting held in early '03.
94 points, Burghound, May 2008