1999 Domaine Joseph (Veronique) Drouhin Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Petits Monts" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Not surprisingly, the '99 was almost exactly like the review that appeared in Issue 6 except that the finish is displaying a bit more tannic structure. Otherwise, the original view is spot on: Spice and very dark fruits with a wonderful mouth feel of velvet and buried dusty tannins. Despite the velvet, there is a much more structured quality to the '99 than the '00 with the same notes of torrefaction on the nose yet more elegance and Vosne spice as well. Comes across much like a mini-Richebourg but with less size and intensity. Quite impressively detailed and a wine that should live for a long time. Tasted twice recently with consistent notes. Try from 2014+
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Wild aromas of liqueur-like black cherry, black raspberry, bitter chocolate and game. Densely packed but brightened by ripe acidity; compared to the Echezeaux this shows more middle-palate stuffing but less verve today. Finishes with substantial chewy tannins and a strong suggestion of new oak. There no road through this vineyard, and thus it's still plowed by horse.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The impressive 1999 Vosne-Romanee Les Petits Monts reveals blackberries, cherries and minerals in its aromatics. It has excellent to outstanding density of fruit in its long, lush, chewy personality. Medium to full-bodied and packed with assorted red and black fruits, it also reveals hints of toasted oak in its appealing finish. (PR)
Supple and attractive. Light- to medium-bodied, it shows some good intensity of red fruit, spices, grilled bacon and chocolate notes, but it's a tad fluid on the midpalate. New from the Veronique Drouhin-owned vines.
Worked entirely by horse and plow, this hillside vineyard above Richebourg is a special place, dear to Veronique Drouhin's heart. We are excited to offer this directly from the Drouhin family 14th century cellars in Beaune, in perfect condition. Clive Coates writes: "A little reduced. Medium full body. Slightly raw. Fine stylish fruit here. And very good grip. The finish is promising. From 2010." (The Vine, 02/2001)