"Our last Burgundy of the night was served blind. It was an explosive, ripe wine packed with an impressively dense core of fruit framed by new oak. It turned out to be the 2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche, a wine that is perhaps 15 years away from being ready to drink. Needless to say it was an incredible privilege to catch this wine at this relatively early stage."
96 points, Vinous (April 2008)
"Medium red. Knockout perfume of raspberry, minerals and truffley underbrush accented by licorice and pepper notes. Wonderfully silky yet energetic, with vibrant raspberry and Asian spice flavors complicated by sexy earth tones and a truffley sweetness. An element of saline minerality builds in the middle palate, with notes of pepper and herbs contributing thrust. Really stains the palate on the refined back end. Just approaching what is likely to be an extended plane of peak drinkability."
95 points, Vinous (April 2017)
"Good full red. Superripe aromas of red fruits, minerals and earth. Highly concentrated but also quite backward today and hard to view. Very long and gripping on the back end but comes across as a bit tough today, despite conveying an impression of great flavor precision. "This was always good to taste in barrel," notes de Villaine, although I recall that it was a bit folded in on itself last November."
94+ points, Vinous (March 2004)
"From a Taransaud barrel: Good full red. Ripe nose dominated by smoky oak. Sweet, ripe and quite full but not particularly expressive today. Then explodes impressively on the back end, showing excellent size and length. From a Francois barrel: Purer nose dominated by exotic berries. Supple, lush and spicy; this has the characteristic tang of La Tache. Dense but imploded. Very firm and pure on the finish. Showing very well today."
(91-95) points, Vinous (March 2003)