5 bottles of the 100-Point Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache 2005 / Serious Burgundy from 2 P

5 bottles of the 100-Point Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache 2005 / Serious Burgundy from 2 Private Cellars

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5 bottles of a legendary Burgundy
 
Well, if there is a DRC La Tache we'd all like in the cellar it has to be the 100-Point 2005.
 
We have 5 bottles from a private cellar available. They have been stored in a wine fridge so there is a little discolouration of the labels (see photo above) but at the end of the day it is what is inside the bottle that matters most.
 
We offer these at $6500.00 a bottle. Sorry, first-in, first-served!

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2005
$6500.00 a bottle
5 available
 
Antonio Galloni, Vinous: The 2005 La Tâche is simply magnificent. There is not too much I can add. Deep, powerful and richly textured, the 2005 simply has it all. Time in the glass releases the aromatics, but it is the wine's pure sensuality I find most enticing. A host of dark red and blue stone fruits, hard candy and wild flowers take center stage. Even with all of its intensity, the 2005 retains striking freshness and purity. Can it get better than this? (Drink between 2020-2055). 100 Points
 
Burghound: There really is not all that much difference between the way this bottle showed and my original review from late 2007 other than the nose of this most recent experience is notably less exuberant. However it remains just as kaleidoscopic and dazzling with its array of red and black cherry, cassis, plum and subtle earth notes replete with beguiling Asian spice cabinet aromas and essence of rose petals. The intense, powerful and breathtakingly concentrated flavors possess a taut muscularity before culminating in a palate coating finish of simply huge length. Not surprisingly, this is still structured to the point of being chewy yet it is never rustic or coarse because the gorgeously detailed palate impression is buffered by buckets of dry extract. As readers know, I often use the word Zen to describe the kind of inner harmony of a great vintage of Romanée-Conti but rarely with La Tâche yet in 2005, the LT has this element of inner calm and grace as well. In sum, I remain confident that this huge but utterly classy and stylish wine will go down as one of the all-time great LT's. (Drink starting 2030). 99 Points
 
The World of Fine Wine: Andrew Jefford: Appearance: Mid-depth of bright, clear scarlet. Aroma: Arresting and exquisite, combining the breadth of Richebourg with the bright, fruity jet and spurt of Echézeaux (though those fruits seem a little more roasted here). There's a floral sheen, too, meaning that the La Tâche seems to have the finest aromatic grain of the entire family at this stage: The whole is woven together with a perfumed, Cologne-like finesse. Welcome to the springtime of a great Burgundy. Flavor: Luscious! The fruit has the intrinsic energy and power to shock, which is proper to Burgundy, yet there's a seductive sweetness and a wealth behind that darting energy. The fruits are complex and many-faceted; there's a powdery drizzle of spice; the wine has beautiful weight, balance, and breadth. Acids? Ripe and meltingly harmonious. Tannins? Finely ground. Once again, I am struck by the unusually gracious quality of these '05s from DRC. There isn't the driving, showy assertiveness I have found in other good or great '05s; instead, they are unforced and unfussy, their complexities arrayed as calmly as peaks in a mountain range. If you had to present an alien with a single glass to define "wine," this would be the one. 19 Michael Schuster: A hugely seductive scent-bath of a nose; "fruit" is a totally inadequate word here, as this is a completely different order of sensation: heady without heaviness, freshly ripe cherry aromas, exotic spice, and an intense, glass-filling presence. To taste, of course, there is great harmonic complexity (musical analogies are practically the only ones that will suffice), a wider register of aromas, and such an amazingly harmonious balance as to surprise by its accessibility already. Beautifully ripe, with an incredibly fine tannin, and a freshness without any sense of "acidity" as such; a moderate concentration in "fruit per se," but an enormous concentration of fragrance. Absolute ease and grace, an endlessly gentle, spicy caress of a wine. As on the nose, here is a more extensive complexity, along with a greater intensity of sweetness than on the Richebourg, but all the while this remains magnificently discreet. About as perfect as it gets in this style of wine. Leave 15 years, even if tempted before. 2020-45+. 19.5/20 - Overall score 19.5
 
Wine Advocate: The 2005 La Tache epitomizes the unique mysteries of Pinot (not to mention the character of a great site), with its aromas of game, musk, iris, star anise, vanilla, allspice, and naturally also an abundance of sweet, ripe, implosively tiny-berried fruit. Imagine a black Riesling. On the palate, a vivid freshness of fruit, pungency of spice and flowers, and melting away of what in point of analytical fact are abundant tannins, all engender an almost white wine dynamic of fruit-mineral call-and-response and clear, incisive penetration of flavors to every recess of the mouth. This is a T.R. sort of wine -- you just don't feel the stick. 98-99 Points
 
John Kapon, Vintage Tastings: The 2005 DRC La Tache had a much deeper nose with blacker fruits, more crushed and with more tea. There were also hints of citrus and wooden match again. The palate was grand but closed at first. It was long and stylish, complicated but so young. 'See you in twenty years,' I wrote. As I said before, when I went back to the Rousseau, the La Tache stood out more. It was deep, dark, black, large and in charge. I think King Angry has a fantasy about that, the 2005 La Tache, that is. It got better with each sip, flexing just a bit more when I thought it possibly couldn't. It is one of the great young wines I have tasted. 98 Points

To order email darren@grandmillesime.com.au.
Serious Burgundy from 2 Private Cellars
We love to offer serious wines from Private Cellars. These bottles come from two professionally cellared private collections, not out of auction.
 
Don't miss this opportunity to secure some hard-to-find aged wines.
Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron Romanee-St-Vivant Grand Cru 1999
$1250.00 a bottle
3 available

Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: Medium ruby. Deep, sappy aromas of black raspberry, plum and cocoa powder. Thick, lush and seamless but sappy and vibrant. Offers lovely inner-mouth verve for a wine this dense. Finishes with graceful, dusty tannins and superb chocolatey persistence. 93 Points

John Gilman, View From the Cellar: It seems pretty clear to me from tasting a range of Confuron Romanée-St.-Vivants from 1999 back to 1991, that the winemaking at this domaine has gotten considerably more finesseful over the course of the decade. In particular, the oak treatment here in the vintages of the late 1990s soars above the rather ham-fisted approach of the early 1990s. In both the 1999 and the 1998, there is a much more refined and complex profile to the Confuron RSV, and which moves it clearly up among the best examples of the climat The '99 Confuron RSV really showed well at this tasting, soaring from the glass in a classic blend of red berries, cinnamon-like spices, coffee, herb tones, minerals, orange zest and spicy new wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, refined and long, with good focus and balance, and though quite marked by its wood on the palate, it seems today to have plenty of fruit to carry its generous veneer. Really a fine showing. (Drink between 2010-2035). 93 Points
 
Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Suchots 2012
$285.00 a bottle
1 available

Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: Full medium red. The aromas and flavors of black raspberry, coffee and tropical dark chocolate show an almost liqueur-like ripeness. Rich, layered and deep, showing near-grand cru density, solidity and lift. And yet not at all overly sweet.4+Outstanding Suchots, finishing with superb length and considerable power. (I recently enjoyed a bottle of the estate's 1988 Suchots and it was in glorious condition and at its peak.) (Drink between 2024-2035). 94+ Points

Burghound: A discreet but notably ripe nose offers up notes of cassis, plum, spice and anise hints. There is excellent richness to the suave medium-bodied flavors that coat the mouth before terminating in a markedly firm finish that exhibits prominent tannins. This is decidedly old school in style and character and should reward between 12 and 15 years of cellar time. (Drink starting 2024). 93 Points
 
Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2012
$415.00 a bottle
1 available

Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: Moderately saturated medium red. Pure, aromatic nose offers cherry, minerals and wild herbs. Juicy, spicy and deep, showing excellent lift and clarity to its cherry and spice flavors. Finishes with noble broad tannins and superb length and grip. This, too, is quite backward. The stem component in these wines is well-supported by sheer ripeness and depth of material. (Drink between 2022-2033). 92+ Points

Burghound: A restrained and impressively pure nose combines notes of ripe red currant, dried flowers and plenty of freshly turned earth character. There is equally good purity to the cool and restrained broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration before terminating in an overtly austere, structured and impressively long finish. By the typical standards of the appellation this is a relatively refined effort but make no mistake, it will likely need at least 12 to 15 years of cellar time before it will arrive at its full majority. (Drink starting 2027). 91-94 Points
 
Domaine Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2012
$675.00 a bottle
2 available

John Gilman, View From the Cellar: The 2008 Griotte is also outstanding, and again couples great purity with sappy and opulent fruit. The bouquet is a superb blend of red and black cherries, bitter chocolate, a touch of grilled meat, a superb base of soil, espresso and a bit of mustard seed in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a sappy attack and a very soil-driven backend of ripe tannins and tangy acids. A classic vintage of Ponsot Griotte. (Drink between 2018-2050). 94+ Points

Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques Vieilles Vignes 2000
$595.00 a bottle
1 available

John Gilman, View From the Cellar: Fourrier's Clos St. Jacques is a stellar example of the vintage, soaring from the glass in a melange of red cherries, strawberries, orange zest, a bit of grilled meat, striking minerality, coffee, mustard seed and a touch of cedary, spicy wood. On the palate the wine is full, complex and utterly transparent, with stunning elegance for a Clos St. Jacques, great intensity of flavor, and great length and grip on the moderately tannic and quite tangy finish. This is another 2000 red Burgundy that really possesses outstanding acidity. Great juice in the making. (Drink between 2008-2030). 92 Points

Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: Medium-deep red. Tangy, highly perfumed nose dominated by cherry. Wonderfully sweet and suave but at the same time vibrant and penetrating. Extremely fresh for the vintage. Finishes sweet, firm and very long. Captivating wine. 92 Points
 
Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-St-Jacques Vielles Vignes 2012
$675.00 a bottle
1 available

Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: Bright, moderately saturated dark red. Brilliantly pure, vibrant aromas of raspberry, rose petal, spices and crushed stone; here the terroir trumps the vintage character. Wonderfully silky on the palate but with a firm spine of acidity giving the flavors of red berries, flowers and crushed stone a youthfully clenched quality. Finishes with outstanding breadth and saline complexity, the noble tannins thoroughly coated by fruit. It will be a treat to try this wine next to the 2013 version a decade from now. (Drink between 2024-2037). 94+ Points

Burghound: This is more elegant still with an exuberantly spicy, airy and cool mix of raspberry, cherry, red currant and plenty of wet stone character. There is superb intensity to the mineral-driven, pure and ultra-refined middle weight flavors that are shaped by very fine-grained tannins on the moderately austere, balanced and wonderfully persistent finish. A classic Clos St. Jacques. (Drink starting 2024). 92-95 Points

John Gilman, View From the Cellar: The 2012 Clos St. Jacques chez Fourrier is a brilliantly elegant example of the vintage, offering up a pure and very classy bouquet of red plums, cherries, cocoa, a touch of nutskin, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and a dollop of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and nascently complex, with bottomless depth, stunning transparency, fine-grained, buried tannins, bright acids and stunning length and grip on the very pure and velvety finish. A superb wine. (Drink between 2022-2055). 94+ Points

Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 2000
$995.00 a bottle
1 available

Winehog.org: The Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques 2000 from Rousseau is in a beautiful place - offering maturing notes. In the bouquet red and dark berries, lovely complex notes - hints of iron, asian spices. On the palate partly resolved fruit - red and dark fruits - quite mature yet still a slightly austere note of dark berries and tar. Very fresh and could do with a bit more or cellaring - amazing for the vintage. 93 Points

John Gilman, View From the Cellar: The Rousseau 2000 Clos St. Jacques is a bit more backward than the '00 Ruchottes, but it is equally successful once it has had a chance to open up in decanter. At about the thirty minute mark the wine was hitting on all cylinders, soaring from the glass in a lovely mélange of strawberries, black cherries, grilled meats, chocolate, herbs, fine soil tones and a fair bit of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and impressively deep at the core, with sound acids for near-term drinking, modest tannins, and a long, opulent and complex finish. This is a first class example of the vintage that has perhaps but one slight drawback. As the wine sat in the glass it eventually (after 90 minutes or so) became a bit woody, with the oak creating just a bit of a linear impression on both the nose and palate. I would probably have been happier with less new in a vintage such as 2000, but there is no doubt that this has the stuffing to carry its wood with ease and grace. (Drink between 2007-2025). 91 Points
 
Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes 2012
$875.00 a bottle
1 available

Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: (20% new oak): Good bright red. Blackberry, blueberry and a hint of leather on the somewhat sauvage nose. Brooding, tight and dark on the palate, with classic Gevrey wildness to the dense, savory flavors of dark berries, black cherry and violet. Finishes very long and backward, with a medicinal menthol note and a note of game. For all its structure, this sappy, densely packed wine has plenty of sweetness. 93-95 Points

Burghound: This is beautifully elegant with its airy and cool yet markedly ripe nose of lavender, black raspberry, truffle and spiced plum scents. The sleek, well-delineated, intense and mineral-driven medium weight plus flavors possess fine mid-palate concentration before terminating in an attractively vibrant, harmonious and strikingly persistent finale. Lovely stuff that should age brilliantly well. (Drink starting 2024). 94 Points

John Gilman, View From the Cellar: I love the new oak numbers on the first several grand crus in the Rousseau cellars in 2012, as the Clos des Ruchottes was raised in twenty percent new oak this year. This is unequivocally the greatest wine I have yet tasted from the Clos des Ruchottes since the Rousseau family purchased this plot in 1977, as the wine simply soars in its stunning and very sappy aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, fraises du bois, cocoa, a complex base of dark soil tones, gamebirds, gentle notes of mustard seed and a very discreet framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and stunningly pure and sappy at the core, with laser-like focus, great soil drive, very suave tannins and boundless energy and beauty on the very, very long and magical finish. A brilliant, brilliant wine. (Drink between 2022-2065). 95 Points
 
Domaine Dujac Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers 2013
$425.00 a bottle
1 available

John Gilman, View From the Cellar: The flowering was not particularly successful in Gruenchers in 2013, and as a result, there are only two, three hundred liter casks in the cellars this year, whereas usually there are fully four piéces produced from the Dujac parcel in a proper vintage. It is too bad that there is not more of the Gruenchers in 2013, as it has turned out gorgeously, and I would love to have a few magnums in the cellar as a palliative for the onset of old age down the road. The brilliant bouquet soars from the glass in a blaze of red and black cherries, red plums, a touch of nutskin, raw cocoa, beautiful soil tones, violets and a discreet base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and sappy at the core, with great transparency and inner tension, ripe tannins and superb length and grip on the tangy and utterly classic finish. Chapeau! (Drink between 2020-2050). 94 Points
 
Domaine Francois Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2013
$235.00 a bottle
2 available

Burghound: There is enough reduction present to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is lovely freshness to the delicious if quite virile medium weight plus flavors that possess both good power and punch, all wrapped in a moderately austere and impressively persistent finish. This should be at its best 12 to 15 years hence. (Drink starting 2025). 91-94 Points

Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2004
$495.00 a bottle
1 available
 
Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: Good ruby-red. Extremely primary aromas of blackberry and black raspberry, complicated by flowers and spices. This offers utterly compelling dark fruit, mineral and game flavors, with a floral element lifting the wine. Very classy and intense, conveying an impression of outstanding harmony. Finishes wonderfully sweet, long and hard to spit. A distinctly feminine style of Charmes; not at all a powerhouse. 92-95 Points
 
Domaine Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune 1er Cru Greves Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2016
$429.00 a MAGNUM
1 available

Burghound: Here too the wood treatment is anything but subtle though it stops just short of completely overshadowing the exuberantly spicy plum liqueur and earth-scented nose. There is good drive and even better detail if not the impressive concentration to the medium weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the ever-so-slightly warm and very firm finish. Again, my predicted range assumes that the wood treatment will be successfully absorbed over time and note as well that plenty of patience will be necessary. (Drink starting 2031). 92-94 Points

Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy: Almost a normal crop, at around 30 hl/ha. Dense purple, an immediate sense of power here, the new wood shows as well but there is obviously a massive density of fruit alongside. Undeniable sense of balance, very lifted ripe but not overdone fruit, huge weight below. Deserves its very special reputation. Moderately powerful though, above 13.5 natural. Very long finish of course and here the oak does not come back at the finish. 95 Points
 
 
To order email darren@grandmillesime.com.au or phone (03) 9326 5737. First-in, first-served. Free shipping for 12 or more bottles anywhere in Australia. 
 
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Darren

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Domaine du Clos Frantin: 9 years of Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2009-2017
Dinner at Ryne Thursday 28 November
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A very special dinner for lovers of great Burgundy
 
Les Malconsorts is an exceptional 1er Cru. Being located alongside La Tache and less than 400 metres from Romanee-Conti it comes as no surprise. Domaine du Clos Frantin own a substantial 1.76 ha parcel with a vine age of around 40 years. Jasper Morris MW says "Aux Malconsorts was first taken out of scrubland and planted with vines in 1610, relatively late for this part of the Cote. Nonetheless it is an exceptional vineyard, one of my three favourite premier crus along with Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses and Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St-Jacques."  
The first vintage of Domaine du Clos Frantin Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts we imported was 2009. Each year since the wine has been one of our most popular products.
Now, after 9 vintages, we have decided it is time to do a very special dinner. We will serve all 9 vintages from 2009 to 2017. This is a rare opportunity to taste a serious vertical of one of Burgundy's most popular and highly regarded Premier Crus. For those with the wine in their cellar you can taste and gauge where your bottles will be at without raiding your own stocks.
The dinner will be at Ryne where Donovan Cooke will showcase his classically styled French cusine. To read more about Ryne click here.
 
Donovan Cooke For those of you who don't know Donovan he has quite a CV. Starting in Europe, he worked his way through the Savoy Hotel, Waterside Inn in Bray, Harvey's in London and La Cote St Jacques in Burgundy. In 1997 he shifted his focus to Melbourne where he co-opened the highly influential restaurant Est Est Est, followed by Luxe (awarded 3 hats in its first year) and Ondine (Best New Restaurant, The Age Good Food Guide).
 
Donovan was presented with the reigns of the Derby Restaurant and Bar at The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. He served as Chef de Cuisine for the next 6 and a half years. He has  returned to Melbourne to start this latest venture - Ryne. 
 
Taste 9 vintages with dinner for less than the cost of the latest release!
 
The wine list:
 
Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2016
Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis Vaudesirs Grand Cru 2016
Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis Clos Grand Cru 2016
 
Domaine du Clos Frantin: 
 
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2017
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2016
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2015
 
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2014
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2013
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2012
 
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2011
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2010
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2009
 
Date: Thursday 28 November 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Ryne, 203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North 3065
Cost: $295.00 per person

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