Grands Echézeaux, Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1999
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I have now tasted the '99 GE some seven times since my original review in Issue 5 and it continues to improve, indeed to the point that I have raised my score modestly. There is still a touch of new oak framing the penetrating red and blackberry fruits, vanilla and oriental spice aromas and it continues onto the beautifully detailed and quite robust flavors that deliver excellent precision. This is a big wine with richness, superb length and impressive refinement and it's clear that this will live for decades. In sum, this is very classy juice.
|Score: 95||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, May 2008|
Far more tannic, backward, and closed, but extremely promising is the 1999 Grands-Echézeaux. Great stuff, with additional layers, this full-bodied, powerful red needs 3-4 years of cellaring; it should keep for 15-18 years. It's amazing how much more powerful yet less charming it was than the 1999 Echézeaux. Ultimately, the Grands-Echézeaux should be the better wine ... purchasers will just have to wait a lot longer.
|Score: 96+||Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, October 2003|
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