1999 Domaine Joseph (Veronique) Drouhin Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Petits Monts" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1162580 92 points 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+  (7/ 2007)

89-92 points 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.  (3/ 2001)

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)  (6/ 2001)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (2/ 2002)

K&L Notes

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)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.