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1999 Chateau La Couspaude St-Emilion Grand Cru Classe

1999 was not a remarkable vintage, most likely considered a classic in Bordeaux terminology. I do not have too much experience with 1999 wines, let alone Bordeaux, so this was a great occasion for me to enrich my portfolio of wine memories. Robert Parker awarded the wine 87 points in ’01-’02 and advised to be consumed within 2-3 years.

1999 Chateau La Couspaude St-Emilion Grand Cru Classe

An evolved, saturated and a bit cloudy ruby red color with a pronounced brick rim. The color does not encourage for a longer keeping. The nose is fully developed, but somehow still youthful, intense and round, showing spicy and toasty oak, sweet plums, black currant, cedar, tobacco and old leather. Medium plus bodied, with completely integrated tannins, good acidity, mellow mouth-feel but still very enjoyable, with similar flavors on the palate. Short to medium spicy finish. The wine does not require any decanting, it is enjoyable straight from the bottle. I tasted the wine during two days and it did not improve on the second day, as a matter of fact it did the opposite: on the second day it lost some of the charming aromas from the nose, showed some rusty, metallic flavors and a shorter finish. I do not believe the wine will improve more from here, it will probably stay at this level for a few more years, but, for maximum pleasure, it should be drunk now. 13% alc. (88/100) on the first day, (86/100) on the second day.

However, it was worth the 29 Eur I paid for it, at this level I would probably buy it again.

Categories: Bordeaux, France
  1. May 29, 2012 at 12:00

    Yep, daca e sa ma iau dupa frantuji, acum este momentul oportun pt a consuma Bdx ’99. Si cred ca au dreptate 🙂 In plus, am observat ca preturile sunt foarte ok, ma bucur ca nu s-a intamplat aceeasi situatie ca in cazul ’97 sau, mai nou, ’07 si ’08.

    • May 29, 2012 at 12:03

      Eu cred ca tot ce e Bdx pana in 2004 inclusiv merita banii care se cer. Mai ales anii astia care au urmat imediat dupa un an excelent: 2001 si 2004 in special au preturi de dumping comparat cu 2005 si mai ales cu 2009 sau 2010.

  2. May 29, 2012 at 12:09

    Ai dreptate, in comparatie cu 2009 si 2010, chiar par preturi de dumping astea pana in 2004. Daca stau bine si ma gandesc, pana si 2005 a devenit un “good value”, comparat cu ’09 si ’10.

    Pai chiar citeam zilele astea despre pretul pt Cheval Blanc 2011, si spunea un comerciant ca au la vanzare 1995, 2001 si chiar 1998, mult mai ieftin. Este insane ce se intampla.

    • May 29, 2012 at 12:13

      Oricum Cheval Blanc are alta strategie de pret. Ei vor sa capitalizeze singuri din start la vinurile pe care le lanseaza. Strategia asta este de cand Cheval Blanc a fost achizitionat de grupul LVMH. De aia din cate am observat eu producatorul asta nu e printre favoritii jucatorilor care considera vinul ca si investitie neaparat. La fel este si cu Ch d’Yquem. Aceeasi strategie.

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