1999 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru
1999 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France
The penultimate year of the 20th century blessed us with a transcendent offering from Ponsot, an estate that stands among giants, encapsulating a mastery over Burgundy's nuanced terroir. The 1999 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot demands attention not just for its vintage, but for an expression that is undeniably singular in both its complexity and maturity.
Vintage Distinction: Millennium's Eve Elegance
The growing season of '99 was favourable across Burgundy, resulting in wines of remarkable structure and longevity. Ponsot’s treatment of this specific crop has yielded a wine of extraordinary balance and depth. A bouquet of black cherry and autumnal underbrush emerges, intertwined with whispers of truffle and spice which bestows upon this Grand Cru a sensorial narrative fit for the most discerning palette.
An Embodiment of Investment-worthy Viniculture
One must recognise the investment savvy encapsulated within each bottle of the 1999 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru by Ponsot. Stored under optimal conditions, this wine proffers not just liquid history but an opportunity for appreciable returns on sensory or fiscal fronts.
On the palate, the 1999 offers finesse; finely tuned tannins that have softened with time to create a texture as sumptuous as silk. It delivers ripe yet reticent fruit that has mellowed into a mature ensemble graced with hints of earthy tertiary elements – a testament to its storied origin and impeccable aging potential. All these distinct attributes coalesce into the type of vintage that captures the imagination of collectors and investors alike.
In summation, the 1999 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot is a testament to its vintage par excellence. It remains one of Burgundy's most captivating narratives – an intricate tapestry of elevated expectation and exquisite fulfilment. Those searching for an investment-grade wine steeped in the grandeur of Burgundian tradition need look no further.
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Scores and tasting notes
Ponsot's 1999 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru is superb, wafting from the glass with a vibrant bouquet of cherries, plums, cassis, rich soil, black tea, umami-like bass notes and dried roses. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and complete, with a youthful core of beautifully pure fruit, fine-grained structuring tannins, excellent energy and delineation and a long, tangy finish. This is one of those vintages where one feels Chapelle-Chambertin's proximity to the Clos de Bèze. This is just entering the beginning of its plateau.
William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 28 December 2018