Chateau Margaux 1999
The sexy, dark plum/purple-colored 1999 Margaux is already revealing complex aromatics. This surprisingly charming and round offering is reminiscent of a vintage such as 1985. Although neither a blockbuster nor a heavyweight, it grows in the mouth revealing tremendous length as well as purity. Administrator Paul Pontallier prefers it to the more austere 1998, as do I. This is an archetypical Chateau Margaux of richness, finesse, balance, and symmetry. It can be drunk young, but promises to age nicely for two decades. Extrapolating backwards, it would probably have something in common with the underrated 1962 Medocs.
Offers decadent aromas of walnut, raspberry and mulberry. Very complex. Full-bodied, with an earthy, lightly vanilla, berry, coffee bean and floral flavor. Refined and caressing. Very, very subtle.
Rene Gabriel rates this wine 19/20 points.