A solid step up over the '98, the Close des Papes 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape (one of Paul-Vincent's favorites) offers a more youthful color to go with Burgundian notes of spice, dried flowers, black cherries and licorice. More fresh and lively, with medium to full-bodied richness, it has a youthful feel and has another decade of longevity. (JD)
Moderately saturated red-ruby. Complex nose melds redcurrant, kirsch, iron, tobacco, mocha and spices. Chewy, intensely flavored and fairly deep, but rather tight following the bottling. As usual for this estate, in a rather claret-like style, without the obvious surmaturite of some Chateauneufs. Firm acidity and sweet, fine tannins give this wine the backbone to age slowly. Finishes with subtle persistence. (ST)
Earthy, mushroomy and developed, with something dank that is evocative of attics and dust. Finely milled tannins with soft tannins and a charming milk-chocolate character on the finish. Still has a very indicative garrigue herbiness on the palate which makes this Rhône rather than Burgundy. Elegant and mature, with a lovely edge of petrichor. (RH) 18/20 points
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