top wines from 1999 – #3


The (alphabetical) list to choose from:

1999 Premier Crus

  • Robert Arnoux, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Suchots …find…
  • Veronique Drouhin, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts …find…
  • J-F Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Amoureuses …find…

1999 Grand Crus

  • Domaine des Chézeaux (Ponsot), Clos St.Denis cuvée Vieilles Vignes …find…
  • Louis Jadot, Chambertin Clos de Bèze …find…

Here’s the third note – which is it?
Wine #3
A deep core of colour, just the last vestige of cherry at the rim. The nose is deep and dense if rather bashful to start, showing little more than dark flashes of toasty, sweet oak – fortunately this remains an undertone before fading as a dense and primary deep red note comes through that becomes finer with aeration – I can only summarise it as ‘very sexy’. After wine #2 this is altogether denser, softer and with riper fruit too. It’s brimming with intensity and concentration – it’s a real mouth-filler – showing a lovely expansion in the mid-palate before slowly narrowing in the good finish. In the background there plenty of soft texture from the tannins, but they will need a few more years in the cellar to shrink. Everything about this wine is more fun and lush than wine #2, if rather less tight and precise.

A soft-focus picture of a big brown bear.

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