1999 Griotte Chambertin
By Maison Joseph Drouhin
The 1999 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
Delving into the nuanced grandeur of the 1999 vintage, the Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin stands as a testament to the profound capabilities of an exceptional terroir married to an exemplary season. This esteemed wine is nurtured within the hallowed grounds of Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, where Pinot Noir finds its most poignant expression.
Decoding The Vintage’s Distinctions
A vintage that shone with poise and balance, 1999 blessed Burgundy with an exceptional crop that emanated both concentration and finesse. Encountering the Griotte Chambertin from this year, one is struck by how it encapsulates the vintage's hallmark characteristics with resounding clarity. Such is its vibrancy that even now, years down the vein of time, it retains a mesmerising vitality.
The confluence of favourable climatic conditions yielded berries that were not only richly flavoured but also possessed an acidity that bestows longevity—a crucial asset for investors looking at the prospects of cellar maturation for enhanced value.
A Sensorial Ode to Maison Joseph Drouhin’s Expertise
The 1999 offering from Maison Joseph Drouhin is notable for the elegance surfacing through its dense structure—an interweaving of earthy complexities with an array of cherries, worn leather and wafts of autumnal forest floor. On one hand, generous; on the other, remarkably discerning—every sip translates to a layered conversation with time itself.
Tannins, once assertive in their youth, have aged into a seamless frame for the kaleidoscope of flavours that dance across the palate. It captures all those searching for a Burgundian experience that speaks volumes while maintaining an intimate whisper—one where finesse is not drowned by power.
In summation, those inclined towards fine wine investment will find revered qualities in the 1999 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin. With this wine's distinctive ability to articulate its storied origin and exceptional vintage conditions through a developing bouquet and persisting finish, it undoubtedly represents a compelling entry in the canon of collectable wines.
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Scores and tasting notes
The candied bing cherry-scented 1999 Griotte-Chambertin has a zesty, lively nose as well as a medium to dark ruby-colored character. It is packed with layers of raspberries, blueberries, and jammy cherries whose seamless flavors last from the attack through its supple finish. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2010. Importer: Dreyfus Ashby, New York, NY; tel. (212) 818-0770.
Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 22 June 2001