1999 Domaine Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis Grand Cru

SKU #1271471 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The highly complex nose this displayed in its youth is still present though it is still showing only vestiges of secondary development. Part of the reason this is developing so slowly is that it is an unusually dense wine for the vintage and I suspect that even in 2015 we're going to find a wine that still has not reached its apogee though it will obviously be closer. I say this because 24 hours later I tried the '99 CSD again and it was clearly better, mostly because it was notably richer. One other aspect is important to note: unlike most wines from Jadot, this has noticeable amounts of gas so be sure to decant it for 30 minutes first. In sum, this is still mostly potential and while it can be enjoyed, you're leaving a lot of wine on the table if you open a bottle now.  (10/2013)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Clos St.-Denis (domaine) has a gorgeous nose of flowers, talc, red currants, and cherries. This juicy, medium-bodied wine is filled with raspberries, strawberries, red cherries, and flowers. It is pure, zesty, and impeccably balanced. (PR)  (6/2001)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Aromas of red cherry and smoke. Supple and lush in the mouth; fleshier and deeper than Jadot Clos de la Roche. Lovely sweet red fruit flavors are perked up by a peppery element. Finishes with rich fruit and ripe tannins. (ST)  (3/2001)

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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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