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Bottle Size: 750 ml
Rating: VN 94, ST 92, WS 92, JR 18/20
Gorgeous wine for current drinking, as all the elements have melded together nicely with the passage of time. Cedar, smoke, leather and dried herbs give the 1999 wonderful aromatic presence. Overall, though, I find the wine's sheer depth to be really impressive. Moreover, the 1999 is aging very gracefully.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, iron and mocha. Dense but tightly wound and not overly sweet; has a silky texture despite possessing a strong acid spine. Finishes with palate-cleansing acids and a late spicy character.
Stephan Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.
A wine of great balance, finesse and grace. Well-focused, the ripe, tart, rich blackberry and currant fruit is intense yet elegant, picking up earth, mineral and sage notes, and finishing with fine, well-integrated tannins.
James Laube, Wine Spectator.
Fragrant, perfumed, fresh and cedary, still so fragrant and youthful on the nose. More Bordeaux-like than the other two vintages tasted. Rich, deep and so complex but without loss of freshness. Again some minerality and cedary damson sweetness of fruit still there. Long and remarkably fresh. Holds your attention.
Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com
TASTING NOTES Showing loads of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, licorice, charcoal embers and baking spices....
TASTING NOTES Offers up a cassis, smoked meat, blackberry preserves and spice cake-scented nose with...
TASTING NOTES Beautiful notes of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite, dried herbs, and...
Smooth and velvety, with pure, focused currant and plum fruit floating over superfine tannins, subtlety...