1999 E. Guigal Brune et Blonde Côte-Rôtie
The perfect combination of elegance and purity of fruit give this famous wine, a blend of fruit from both slopes of the hills above Ampuis, a great sense of style as well as power. The Syrah perfumes, at their richest and coolest, combine with black fruits to give an overwhelming impression of immense fruit flavors.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Superripe, expressive aromas of raspberry, coffee, roasted herbs and pepper; shows a slightly porty surmaturite. Rich, round and lush; a wonderfully ripe and full-blown yet fresh wine with substantial, solid tannins and superb persistence. This has a lot of all the key elements, including acidity. A superb vintage for this wine - and there are more than 27,000 cases of this stuff!
Shows a juicy core of macerated red and black cherry fruit woven with mesquite, aged tobacco and bittersweet cocoa. Has a tarry edge on the finish that steadily softens as this airs.--1999 Côte-Rôtie non-blind retrospective.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1999 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (25,000 cases) includes 5% Viognier in the blend. It is a fragrant, soft, medium-bodied effort revealing notes of violets, licorice, and jammy cherry as well as currant fruit presented in a sweet, medium to full-bodied style. Seductive and lush, it is impossible to resist. Consume it over the next 10-12 years.