("This vintage produced the highest sugars I have ever seen; the '71 is a very powerful wine though not necessarily the best balanced. I particularly like the combination of power and finesse and it's ready now" - Aubert de Villaine; Meadows: 1971 produced a great many extremely rich and ripe wines of excellent concentration because there was so much millerandage| or very small berries that deliver a very high proportion of dry extract relative to the amount of juice. The crop in general was very small and the Domaine began harvesting on September 27. There was a good deal of hail though interestingly| the La Tâche seems to show almost no effect whereas the Romanée-Conti is clearly marked by it.). Compared to two prior bottles tasted in the last 12 months| this was positively explosive and delivered everything one would reasonably expect and more from a great| fully mature Burgundy. Classic and very ripe mature burg fruit intermingles with a wonderful array of spices| especially anise and soy all framed by a touch of caramel. The flavors are extremely rich| sweet and wonderfully concentrated with a deep| very sweet essence of pinot finish that still retains glimpses of its former power. The tannins are fully resolved and the finish is nothing but pure silk and velvet. Prior bottles have been in the 92 to 94 point range. Yet another recent bottle was not quite as good as very best that I have had but it wasn't far off. Overall though| while there is some bottle variation| well-stored bottles are consistently marvelous.
Allen Meadows - www.burghound.com - April 2011