A fantastic wine to sit down and follow over a few hours with dinner. At first it's about very rich, intensely ripe red berried fruit tinged with floral and stemmy notes, and a tinge of oak. With more air the fruit takes a step back, and more exotic sweeter and spicier notes develop, while it becomes more silky and polished on the palate. I'm surprised by the degree of extract and power on the palate here, but it still shows a lot of grace and finesse, with a very long, expansive finish.
HDH Auction Notes (Tru - Chicago, IL): A lot to like here, but, hey...it's a 1999! The fruit was REALLY firm. The palate was lithe, but not showing all that much. After some time in the decanter, the fruits began to flesh out a bit more a showed some gorgeous red fruit and floral notes. Yum.
Very Fine, but I struggle to see that the new found price tag of $400-500/bt makes any sense here. Just lacks the precision and drive that you hope for at that price point. I couldn't find much of the classic DRC notes I look for in bottling like La Tache (wild strawberries, etc). I'd suggest Rousseau's CSJ or Mugnier's Amoureuses are probably a better bet if you want a 'luxe' 1er from a great maker. The occasion however was lovely: the now mrs ubercuvee said "yes"....
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