A discreet but incredibly complex nose features notes of spicy, pure and relatively high-toned fruit that is laced with plenty of rose petal and violet hints. There is excellent energy and freshness to the lacy and stunningly precise broad-scaled flavours that build in intensity from the densely concentrated mid-palate to the explosive and mouth-coating finish that seemingly goes on without end. This is a big LT with ample muscle and very firm but not aggressive structure along with superb depth of underlying material and positively mind-blowing length. But the real genius of this wine is the Zen-like harmony and poise... In a word, magnificent. 98 points, Burghound (2015)
The 2009 La Tâche is a very subtle wine. It boasts incredible richness and depth, yet remains elusive. Silky, impossibly refined tannins frame the seamless, resonant finish. Nothing in particular stands out. Everything is simply in the right place. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2059. 97 points, Wine Advocate (4/2012).
Noticeably oaky and darker than its siblings, evoking black cherry, licorice and spice. On the palate, there's depth and concentration, with a menthol note that persists through the long finish. The mouth-coating tannins will require some time to integrate. 97 points, Wine Spectator (2012).
Bright red-ruby. Subtle, sweet perfume of black raspberry, spices and truffle. Compellingly sweet, sexy wine with terrific vinosity to frame its ripe berry, floral and underbrush flavours. The wine's inner-mouth aromatic character owes more to spices and earth than to high-pitched fruits and flowers, but this is like bottled pheromones. Finishes with powerful mouth-dusting tannins and superb lift and length. 96 points, International Wine Cellar (3/2012).
Very dark crimson. Heady violet nose – transports of delight all right. Pure fruit intensity. Jewelly. Vey sweet start and then wonderfully polished tannins. A slightly brûlée note. Sheer hedonism with the tannins all but covered up. Great freshness on the finish too. Very appetising and very Vosne. Very rich and unspittable. Wonderful finish combines freshness and richness. 19+/20 points (1/2012)
Wow. Darker fruit, spicier than the Richebourg, and showing its stems a bit more today. Very rich and persistent finish. Exotic and rich, with dark and very ripe fruit character. Starts off very tight, then open to show both more fruit and more tannins than the Richebourg, interestingly. 98 points, Wine Journal (2/2012).
The La Tâche has an irrepressible bouquet that just soars from the glass. This is not one of those La Tâche wines that is deceptively taciturn, rather it immediately sets out to satisfy the olfactory senses with a heady perfume of incredibly well defined strawberry and redcurrant infused with crushed stone, hints of smoke and autumnal woodland. The palate is medium-bodied with complete harmony and every flavour amazingly well defined, as if you could pick each one out, one by one. This is an irresistible La Tâche, a little fatter and more generous than previous vintages, with immense weight on the persistent finish that just seems to effortlessly glide to its conclusion. This is one of the finest La Tâche wines that I have encountered at this stage. Wine Journal (3/2012).