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onto the 1999’s – a game for the next days

99 line-up
This really started with the ‘uncovering’ of an unopened 6-pack of Potel’s 99 Volnay VV – I opened one up and it was excellent, so what else lay in the cellar untested? I decided to call it a day once 5 bottles of the same vintage were rounded up – though in truth it was 7 bottles – 2 consecutive bottles were corked…

So here is the (alphabetical) list of wines that will appear over the next days:

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 first note – see if you can guess which is the wine:
Wine #1
Medium ruby red, still with a cherry-red rim. The nose starts a little diffuse but quickly tightens; it’s still a rather understated and bashful but has soft red fruit with the faintest cream rim – as you would expect (hope) from any of these wines, you can sniff this all day long as the intensity slowly builds into a perfect redcurrant as the glass empties. The sweet palate reflects the nose – it’s no powerhouse – intensity without apparent weight and almost perfect silky texture. There’s plenty of acidity but the balance is first-class. Absolutely everything about this wine is understated – apart from it’s class! There are no fireworks, but I’m still sad that I bought 6 and not 12! Young obviously, but a rewarding drink right now.

Like a beautiful lady watched across a room that I didn’t manage to speak with.

2 responses to “onto the 1999’s – a game for the next days”

  1. Kent Comley

    Hi Bill,
    I’ll have a crack and guess that it’s the Mugnier, given you’re description of a pretty, red curranty, mid-weight wine with good acidity. Seems to fitin with the house style for mine.
    No doubt, I’ll wind up with egg on my face!!

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