95 Points Allen Meadows
This too is sublime in its subtlety and grace with ineffably pure aromas and it strikes a balance between the opulence of the RSV and the restraint of the GE with an expressive yet ultra fine nose of rose petals, violets and seductive spice notes that introduce unbelievably refined flavors that seem crafted from silk and lace, culminating in a linear, mouth coating finish that detonates like a bomb and lasts and lasts. At present, this is taut and precise with the lithe muscularity of a world class gymnast yet it is not lean or unduly tight as there is a generosity to the mid-palate that serves to buffer the underlying tannic spine that will permit this to age for decades. This is clearly a great wine that epitomizes the concept of power without weight.
94 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
A broody nose and out of all the wines, this is the one that smells the most stalky. Complex though, very classic, with red-berried fruit, cigar box and a touch of bitter chocolate. The palate is disjointed at first and demands half an hour to meld together. Spicy and muscular, very traditional in style, not flamboyant but broody and sullen. But there is real intensity on the back palate with a green note on the finish. Very long, but this will need patience. Not a wine for those who like a bit of hedonism in their La Tache and without the persistency a great vintages. But still a class act.
95 Points Wine Spectator
A solemn, muscular character emanates from this wine, featuring black currant, licorice and spice aromas and flavors. Compact and firm, this has broad shoulders and sweetness to the fruit. Offers nice tension, ripe tannins and fine length, with a rich, spicy aftertaste.