Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 13%
True to form, another good Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste. Perhaps not as concentrated as the 2001, they would be interesting to try along side. Classic fine, dinner table claret, with a correct lively backbone of acid and tannin rounded out with fine balanced (and expensive) oak treatment, no really overt oaky flavours, more just warmth and texture.
The best of 1999 (and it’s not too inconsistent a vintage on the left bank) are starting to drink well now and they are great value compared to the expensive vintages of 2000, 2003 and 2005. Indeed they are very good value compared to 2006 which won’t be ready to drink for a long while yet.