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top wines from 1999 – #2

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 second note – any ideas which it is?
Wine #2
After 4 months without a corked bottle, bugger – corked – now I only have 4 of these left. The colour is medium, medium-plus ruby red with just a little less cherry red at the rim than the first wine. The nose starts with a waft of dark, spicy oak but this is quickly gone to reveal a dark and understatedly spicy base. Time in the glass opens the wine out into a redder and finer vernacular without much in the way of density. Lithe and rather linear the plate shows forward acidity, but such is the superb intensity that this is kept quite in balance. What tannin can be discerned against the background of acidity and intensity has just a little astringency and the faintest edge of bitterness. The length is impressive, but it is rather ‘thin’ and an extension of the flavours I associated with the tannin, just a little tart too. The nose is now rather good, but the palate needs some time and currently shows much less ripe than wine #1.

Tight and precise with angular but compelling features – I’m just wondering what she (for this is another she) will be like if she lets her hair down and takes off those glasses…

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