Considered as a farmer’s vintage, the elements conspired in 1999 to give growers some of the most challenging weather conditions in the last decade. Intermittent storms hit most regions in the early half of August, though the weather was hot and dry in the latter half of the month. The Médoc and Pauillac fared better, with the majority of the Cabernets being picked during the final week of September when dry weather prevailed.
International Wine Cellar(2006 Vintage) Deep ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of inky cassis, licorice, mocha and smoky, nutty oak. Fairly large-scaled and layered but dominated by its acid/tannin spine in the early going, displaying firm, coolish flavors of black plum, licorice and graphite. The lingering finish features substantial but ripe tannins. Give this at least a few years of cellaring before pulling the cork.
Wine Spectator(2006 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2009
Robert Parker(2006 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/01/2011
Robert Parker(2008 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/11/2011
Wine Spectator(1989 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 2/05