"Deep red. Multifaceted, very pure, very ripe nose of cassis, licorice, minerals and smoked meat. Then vibrant but tight and closed, showing considerably less volume today than the Romanee Saint-Vivant. Tannins are fine but youthfully austere, as there's less buffering mid-palate sweetness here. Inscrutable at present, but does not seem to be as exceptional in the context of the cru as the RSV. De Villaine ventured the opinion that La Tache and Richebourg are the most closed today among the estate's bottlings, noting that Richebourg has a higher percentage of younger vines and thus a less creamy texture."