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The Spring 2017 Distinguished Cellar Auction

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Auction Ends: 3/23/2017 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #1. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 1988

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 97 JG.
"The 1988 La Tâche may in the very end, prove to be a hair better than the very fine 1990. It is clearly one of the monuments of the vintage, and though it is still (like so many of the very best 1988s) still a touch buttoned up behind its tangy acidity, the depth, purity and overpowering and intoxicating perfume of this amazing wine make it very clear that the greatness of legend is simply a matter of time. The haunting bouquet simply explodes from the glass in a cornucopia of red fruit, cinnamon, cloves, developing notes of La Tâche beetroot, intense sous bois, coffee, duck, minerals, roses and cedar. On the palate the wine is very, very deep, bright and tangy, with a huge core of sweet fruit firmly enmeshed in a girdle of tangy acidity. There are still some tannins present here, but they are already beginning to peel away. However, it is the amazing acidity of this wine that will provide the framework for aging, as the 1988 La Tâche should prove to be one of the longest lived vintages of the post-war era. Utterly and humblingly profound. (This note dates from the spring of 2003.)" John Gilman, View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2006, Issue #2
Notes: 2cm, lightly corroded and scuffed capsule, very lightly scuffed label, #16835.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $1,600

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