Community Tasting Notes (30) Avg Score: 93.3 points

  • Medium ruby with a touch of clouding. Beautiful wafting bouquet of fully ripe red cherry and cool menthol. Good damp underbrush, drying cranberry, and tea leaves. Explosive red berry fruit on the palate but still extremely elegant and silky. Hedonistic drinking. Tannins totally integrated. Incredible minerality with acrylics and slate. Amazing mix of soily dried berries and tingling minerals. Fresh ground coffee after some air time. Far superior to a 1993 opened a week or so ago. This was really great.

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  • Medium red in color, nose of fresh dark red cherries, palate is ripe and rounded with good energy and balance yet I think a tad simple as depth is lacking. A decent drink but perhaps not quite at the same level as 99 Lignier, Dujac or Ponsot.

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  • Fresh red cherries, round and delicious if a bit obvious and lacking serious complexity. Very ready now and the fruit is just lovely so it's hard to knock this wine for pure pleasure.

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  • La Paulee Dinner at Recette (Recette): Poured next to the 02, and both were outstanding, and quite similar. Super pure, ripe raspberries and spice, with the 02 just a little riper and fresher and the 99 a tad redder in character and more integrated. But they were clearly variations on the same theme, and both have an incredible textural refinement with lush, super-silky tannins. Both were an absolute joy and my co-WOTNs.

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  • Fully mature, but still lively, with concentrated, complex fruit and well-developed secondary flavours of mushroom and sous bois; very long on the finsh. An excellent wine.

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  • This wine showed very well up against a solid bracket of CdlR from Dujac and Ponsot last year and last night in isolation it was terrific. There was just a faint whiff of compost to the aroma showing that the wine was beginning to develop but it is still very fresh and youthful. There are cherry and blueberry fruits and an engaging thread of flora. It is silky in the mouth with good depth and lovely savoury nuance. Length is very persistent and proportion perfect.

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  • Medium red colour, not showing any brown at this stage. The nose is fragrant and piercing, with cherry and raspberry fruit. The palate is rich, with ripe fruit and well-developed secondary flavours, and a long, lingering finish. This is drinking very well now, but should keep and perhaps continue to develop for a while.

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  • Fairly deep colour; a lively nose of raspberry and cherry; good concentration on the palate, mature but still fresh and lively, with secondary flavours developing, and good length. A good example, which is drinking very well now. I don't see this improving.

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  • Beautiful Pinot Noir. Fresh and floral, but definitely with ancient aftertastes and added complexity after 15 years of aging.

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  • Excellent burgundy.

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  • Another outstanding showing for this wine. This bottle shows a combination of youthful elements and maturity. The bouquet offers notes of black cherry, plum, spice, earth, bark and floral notes that are detailed and elegant. The color is a slightly tarnished medium to dark ruby. The medium bodied palate shows complexity and nuance with a medium to long finish. The is outstanding now and should continue to drink well for many years.

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  • Good colour and density. Spicy and earthy with nice floral nuance. It has nice depth of flavour and proportion and is a wine that has plenty of material on which to age upon over a long period of time.

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  • Superb clarity and fruit. While many '99s are still a bit awkwardly young and in need of more age, this wine was ready to go. A real lightness on the palate and some good zippy acidity to keep the ripe fruit in check. I'm sure this will get better with time but there is no shame in drinking it now.

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  • HDH auction tasting at Tru (and an embarrassment of riches) (Chicago, IL): Much riper than the '02 I tasted alongside. A whole ton of red and black fruit, but still great balance from a firm acidic backbone, although the '99 is a bit lighter on the minerality. Very nice silky tannins.

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  • HDH Auction Notes (Tru - Chicago, IL): Took some time to blossom, but air revealed a pristine core of red fruits, earth, and some barnyard. The fruit on the palate is expectedly rigid, but classy, and deep. Loved the mouthfeel on this...silky, smooth, resolved tannins. Gorgeous, with a lot of life.

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  • Fine, fragrant nose; attractive, red fruit flavours (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant); very smooth and elegant but with some tannin still on the finish which becomes more evident with time. Potentially very fine, but needs time.

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  • To some extent it seemed like the wrong timing on this bottle -- it seemed caught between its youthful exuberance and older age. Not to say that's necessarily a bad thing because its multiple dimensions were fascinating over the course of the evening. Hints of secondary components along with increased power and strength and a pronounced earthy component came through in the last 1/3 or so of the bottle. Nice fruit throughout, and excellent balance. If I had another, I'd wait 5 years or more.

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  • This wine displays a wonderful combination of maturity and youthfulness. This is aging as (or better than) expected. The aromatics offer a complex, detailed blend of black cherry, plum, spice, earth, mocha and floral notes. The color remains a youthful medium to dark ruby. The medium bodied palate provides balance, depth and lengthy finish. This is a complete wine that is at or around maturity. This is not likely to improve with additional bottle age, but with this showing, the should continue to drink well for many years.

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  • Scott and Kate's din din -- Stupendous beauty. Mind boggling freshness and fruitiness for 12 years old. Still brilliant dark in color, on the nose a kaleidescope -- glaceed dark fruit meets candied black pepper meets mocha meets beef consommé (yes!). Lots of lovely ripe fruit on the palate -- perfectly ripe, heady, floral plum leads. Sexy oak there as well, but not obtrusive (mocha, coconut notes). Like a coconut-infused plum/raspberry glacee. Lavender and pollen notes swirl in and out, and a touch of foresty pine/fresh scents. Masterful.

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  • Great depth and layers of fruit. mouth intense, tannic, deep. Fabulous, serious. Good length. V good but simpler than CSJ

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  • Lovely mature burgundy. Getting into the secondary flavors but still yummy, rich fruit. Nose is earthy but no hint of funk. Wonderful mouth feel. Vibrant but no hard edges. I agree that there is plenty of life in this wine, but I see no reason to wait to open additional bottles. And I did not decant. This was great right out of the bottle, though it certainly evolved after opening. A wonderful grand cru Burgundy experience.

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  • Tasted at a North Cheshire Wine Society 1999 Red Burgundy tasting. This was my WOTN. Very fresh, bright, perfumed, soft, lush, lively and ripe. Hard to find any fault. Superb balance.

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  • I had a little sip when I first opened it - sweet strawberry pinot, absolutely lovely, but a couple of hours later at the restaurant it had completely lost its mojo - dull, flat, disappointing

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  • Intense, raspberry nose. The colour is light to medium intensity and pale at the edges. The palate is just about mature, rather sweet, with deep, red fruit flavours, good balance and length. It developed and intensified in the glass, and it probably the best Rousseau Clos de la Roche I have had. It still has plenty of life ahead of it.

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  • Drink along with Ponsot CDLR VV 1999, so different in style, A.Rousseau CDLR shows a new world full-toasted oak at the start. When time passed by, it's getting more redfruit, roses with the easy delicious Burg and becomes quite modern-classic after 3.30 hours. The aftertaste is good and long enough to get 91-92/100.

    Ponsot makes Clos de la Roche as a top wine. If A.Rousseau does the same, maybe it's better than this. Anyway, this is wine....That's why ?

    IMO, I always love CDLR wine especially from Hubert Lignier so I must say that A.Rousseau's CDLR is equal or better than Clos St. Jacques.

    Grand Cru is Grand Cru !!!

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  • Very pure - I'd have said Gevrey in style, darker and less sweet than a typical Rousseau, some earth and undergrowth, red fruits, silky texture - fully ready in my book

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  • At La Toque. A very nice showing. By no means a blockbuster wine, but amazing for its purity and definition. Medium ruby red with no sediment or haze. The nose was initially pretty restrained upon opening, but blossomed in the glass. Great minerality intertwined with red fruit. Perfectly balanced, this was enjoyable now, but obviously has a long life ahead of it.

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  • L’Ecusson: Lite, elegant cherry, lite soy; silky as hell; feminine and seductive; super elegant w/structure; great expnasive mth, earth notes. Beautiful, & a bitr undescribable.

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  • Nice notes on the nose with strawberry and darker fruit present. To taste, this wine tasted way young to me. The wine fell apart within an hour and I get barely access any fruit at all. Very tight and closed down. We left half of the bottle. No improvement upon tasting the next day. The nose had faded to a glimmer of what it had been, even after an hour in the glass.

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