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A Vintage of Transition

A retrospective tasting of 1999 Côte-Rôtie
James Molesworth
Issue: November 30, 2008

The 1999 vintage in Côte-Rôtie is one of the best in recent memory. Only 2005, 2003 and 1990 are in the same qualitative class, though each has a very different style. The '99s combine the structure of the wines from 1990 with a level of pure, lush fruit that is unique to the younger vintage.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 3, 2008.

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