It’s 3 or 4 years since I paid this a visit, so…
1999 Guy Castagnier, Clos de la Roche
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is assertive, offering a depth of graphite mineral, very faint pyrazine and a lovely acid-cherry top note – creep up on the glass (don’t swirl!) and you have a heavier creamy note to add to the fruit and a subtle violet floral note too. Last time out, I thought this a very middle-weight wine, but the concentration and intensity seem quite obvious today; there’s dark red, quite fresh, fruit in the mid-palate and a slowly lingering finish. The lovely acid balance of the vintage is here, and still plenty of ripe tannin too – should you wish to search it out. Overall a taught, wirily muscled wine, that is more about the rock, than the fruit it bore. Enjoyed!
Rebuy – Yes