($29) Deep red. Tangy, deep, complex nose of ripe raspberry, pepper and woodsmoke. Supple, concentrated and quite suave, with beautifully delineated red fruit and leather flavors. Finishes with classy tannins and lovely freshness and grip. An excellent '99 with the structure to age gracefully. (Robert Kacher Selections, Washington, D.C.)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2002
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The famed Cuvee Centenaire (produced from 100+ year old vines) was included in the cuvee classique in 1999. Made in an evolved style for proprietor Andre Brunel, the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits a dark plum/ruby color as well as a sweet, spicy nose of red and black fruits mixed with garrigue, pepper, spice box, and tobacco. Rich, full-bodied, layered, and undeniably captivating, this sumptuous, forward, flavorful, savory Chateauneuf can be drunk now and over the next 12-14 years.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Excellent Chateauneuf. Thick-textured, ripe but elegant, it has plenty of rich fruit, but above all, a mineral, wet earth component. Full-bodied, it's harmonious from start to finish, with wet stone and plum complexity lingering on the long, long finish. Great effort in the difficult '99 vintage. Lovely wine. 6,330 cases made.