Vinous – 98
The 1990 La Tâche saturates the palate with extraordinary depth and intensity. Hoisin, mocha, exotic spices, leather, licorice and plums meld together in the glass. Powerful and unctuous to the core, the 1990 has it all. This is an especially fine bottle of the 1990. Wow! The 1990 is ripe, voluptuous and racy, yet it retains just enough freshness to balance all of the intensity. The creamy, unctuous finish alone is captivating. This is a fabulous bottle of the 1990 and a total dream wine.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030
Robert Parker – 95
Tasted at the La Tâche vertical at The Square. The La Tâche 1990 sports a deep garnet core with brick rim. The palate is obviously from a relatively warm Burgundy vintage and delivers a surfeit of ripe, juicy and powerful red fruit infused with black truffle, leather and mint, with time a touch of rose petals. It gains more and more delineation with time, though never quite achieves the clinical precision of the 1991. The palate is full-bodied and for La Tâche, quite sinewy with layers of intense, rounded, svelte red berry fruit with just a touch of piquancy. It has an enormous structure and undeniable presence, yet this bottle could not hold a torch to either the 1991 or the 1999 La Tâche. Aubert de Villaine himself commented that he prefers the 1991 La Tâche to the 1990 and I concur. This is a great La Tâche but now with 25-years on the clock, one wonders whether it is past its peak?
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030
JancisRobinson.com – 18.5
Bottle no. 1465. Imported by Wilson Daniels. Rather tawnier than the Ponsot Clos de la Roche 1990. Earthier and more autumnal on the nose than the Ponsot. Lovely delicacy but underlying violets and completeness. A little tannin evident, attractively brawny. Some jewel sensation. Seems as though it may grow in the glass. Very sweet yet earthy.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025