wines for anniversary vintages
In Bordeaux, the vintage 1959 was a small harvest but an excellent one. The reds are excellent, full-bodied and juicy. The whites can be compared to the 1949s with the caracterictics of being powerful, balanced and with an evolved floral bouquet.
Best wines from the vintage 1959:
Extraordinary wines: Château Mouton Rothschild 1959, Château La Mission Haut Brion 1959, Château Lafite Rothschild 1959.
Outstanding wines: Château Latour à Pomerol 1959, Château Latour 1959, Château Eglise Clinet 1959
Great wines: Château Canon 1959, Château Montrose 1959, Château La Conseillante 1959, Château Leoville Barton 1959, Château Lynch Bages 1959, Château Petrus 1959.
Best wines from the vintage 1969:
Outstanding wines: Dom Pérignon Oeunothèque 1969, Chambertin Clos de la Bèze 1969 domaine Rousseau.
Great wines: La Tâche 1969 domaine de la Romanée Conti, Dom Pérignon 1969, G. Roumier Bonnes Mares 1969, Richebourg 1969 Jean Gros.
In Bordeaux, a generous and high quality harvest.
Reds (Bordeaux): full bodied well-endowed. Capable of withstanding prolonged cellaring.
Whites (Bordeaux): well-balanced and supple. The sweet wines are quite harmonious in their structure but lack character, and sometimes present a floral bouquet. Several good wines merit tasting.
Best wines from the vintage 1979:
Extraordinary wines: Krug Clos de Mesnil 1979, Château Lafleur 1979.
Outsanding wines: Roederer Cristal 1979.
Great wines: Chablis les Clos 1979 Raveneau, Château Margaux 1979, Château Haut Brion 1979, Guigal La Mouline 1979, Château Le Pin 1979, Vega Sicilia Unico 1979, Bollinger RD 1979
In Bordeaux, a great vintage with an abundant harvest. Wile the cabernet were generally successful, the Merlots were more irregular. The 1989, which present exceptional tannic power, are low-acid and alcoholic wines with lively aromas reminiscent of perfectly ripened grapes.
Best wines from the vintage 1989:
Extraordinary wines: Château Haut Brion 1989, Mission Haut Brion 1989, Château Clinet 1989, Château Petrus 1989, Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Collina Rionda 1989, Château Lynch Bages 1989
Outstanding wines: Corton Charlemagne Domaine Coche Dury 1989, Château Montrose 1989, Barolo Monprivato 1989 Guiseppe Mascarello, Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva 1989, Château d'Yquem 1989, Gaja Sperss 1989
Throughout the whole of Bordeaux, 1999 was expected to give a top-flight and abundant harvest.
However, and unusually fierce storm hit the region of Saint-Emilion on the 5th September destroying almost one of the local vineyards. Angélus, Beau Séjour Bécot, Canon, Clos Fourtet, ... are some of the growths that suffered most, and the owners concerned were quick to harvest, in order to save what they could.
In Côte Rotie, the vintage 1999 is, according to Robert Parker, one of the most succeful vintage since the incredible 1978.
Best wines from the vintage 1999:
Extraordinary wines: Chateau Pajzos Tokaji Esszenzia 1999, Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 1999, Torbreck Run Rig 1999, Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 1999, Domaine de la Romanée Conti La Tâche 1999, Castello Dei Rampolla D'Alceo 1999.
Outstanding wines: Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1999, Verite La Muse 1999, Domaine Ponsot Chapelle Chambertin 1999, Domaine Leroy Corton Renardes 1999, Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 1999.
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