1999 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol
Wine & Spirits
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This 1999 is deep ruby/purple-colored, with a striking perfume of black cherries, truffles, cedar, and vanilla. This layered, opulently-textured wine displays extraordinary purity, elegance, and finesse. It is a classic Bordeaux with superb palate presence that builds incrementally on the palate. The finish is long, with plenty of sweet tannin. Very impressive! Three thousand cases of the 1999 were made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Last year it seemed to reveal an element of dilution, but as always, the truth is in the bottle, and presently there is no evidence of lightness or liquidity. (RP)
Solid, introvert nose. Lively and playful on the palate. There is real energy and life here. Not a blockbuster but very well balanced with enough fruit to counterbalance the tannins, which must have been very well managed. Unlike some right bank 1999s, the acidity is not too noticeable.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Spice and cedar notes currently dominate aromas of red fruits, truffle, pepper and burnished oak. Fruity and vinous in the mouth, with moderate flesh but very good verve and juicy intensity. Consistent from start to finish. Finishes fresh and persistent, with slightly dusty tannins. (ST)
Features aromas of currant and berries, as well as violet and other flowers. Medium-bodied, offering very delicate, reserved tannins, with a pretty fruit structure and a delicately fruity finish. (Web Only—2010)
91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted from bottle at Mark Walford’s annual lunch at Waterside Inn. The ‘99 Pomerol wines are in a good place at the moment. The VCC has a generous bouquet with ripe red fruit, hints of incense, rosemary and mint that lend it lift and freshness. The palate is medium-bodied and very harmonious, almost mellow. It is very focused with silky smooth tannins and hints of orange peel towards the elegant finish. What a lovely, natural Pomerol wine..." (07/2013)