The 2017 La Tache Grand Cru was picked over two days on September 6 and 7. It has a haunting bouquet that demands a long time in the glass to reveal itself, or at least, those parts it wants you to see: dark berry fruit, crushed stone, a salty tang of cold sea and autumnal leaves. This is unquestionably the most discreet and understated La Tache I have encountered from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine lattice of tannin. There is a tangible marine influence here: sea cave and Scottish peat moorland. It is not powerful but beautifully balanced, transparent and yet at this stage, playing in a minor key.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2048