top wines from 1999 – #5 and last


Wine #5
The other corked bottle in this group, so onto bottle number 2.

Medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose is very wide and somehow silky. It’s very slow to evolve, but first you note dried cranberry fruit before a subtle blackcurrant confiture, the last drops in the glass are sweet and red. Like the nose, my first impression of the palate is its silken texture, the second is the length – impossibly long – no other of these wines comes close and it’s not about bitter oak, it’s about a subtle sweetness that clings to the palate. There’s a real, but measured intensity about the palate, driven by perfect acidity and tannins that are there only if you search for them.

Despite the concentration there is perfect balance, this wine is the ultimate in sophistication. Monumental, it’s the best wine I’ve drunk this year…

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 7 responses to “top wines from 1999 – #5 and last”

  1. Tom Blach16th April 2007 at 4:30 pmPermalinkReply

    Here’s my guess, probably way off:
    1 Mugnier
    2 Jadot
    3 Ponsot
    4 Arnoux
    5 Drouhin

  2. Tom Blach16th April 2007 at 4:31 pmPermalinkReply

    Actually, reverse 2 and 3!

  3. Dan Perrelli16th April 2007 at 6:25 pmPermalinkReply

    What fun. Spin the bottle, played in a dark basement. In reverse order because I’m still confused by at least 1 and 2:

    5- Mugnier
    4- Arnoux
    3- Chezeaux
    2- Jadot
    1- Drouhin

    Will I be kissing a donkey when the lights turn on?

  4. bill nanson16th April 2007 at 7:20 pmPermalinkReply

    Tom has spoiled a great start, and is that donkey I smell?
    Maybe not 😉

    Answers in 24 hrs…

  5. Finesse17th April 2007 at 12:04 amPermalinkReply

    My guess is:

    1 Chezeaux Clos St Denis
    2 Drouhin Les Petits Monts
    3 Arnoux Les Suchots
    4 Jadot Clos de Beze
    5 Mugnier Les Amoureuses

  6. Reto17th April 2007 at 7:38 amPermalinkReply

    Hello Bill,
    great game again!

    My guess:

    1 Mugnier
    2 Drouhin
    3 Chezeaux
    4 Arnoux
    5 Jadot


  7. bill nanson17th April 2007 at 11:32 amPermalinkReply

    Good to hear from you Reto – hope you’re well.

    Will reveal all when I get home this evening…

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