ON THE PALATE
The opening beams instantly and strikes a joyful major chord. The body is lively, with umami resonating and sculpting the contours of the wine. Surprisingly fruity, the middle palate is characteristic of the vintage. The finish is tactile, with saline toasted notes.
ON THE NOSE
Its complexity brings a sensory chiaroscuro, juxtaposing fruit and ripeness. Warm, mineral, cocoa and smoked peat notes converse with the more delicate character of a dried flower and candied tropical fruit. The overall sensation is enhanced with touches of peppery wood.
THE 1999 HARVEST
The weather was contrasted, often unexpected. The average temperature for the year was high, and the long, dry, summer season was confirmed as being "tropical", punctuated with strong winds and several hailstorms. Rain during picking (on 14 September) had no effect on the healthy and plentiful harvest, which was extraordinary in its strength and body.
-- Dom Perignon