wrcstl wrote:With all the controversy on the '99 vintage
Walt, thanks for the notes. I wasn't aware of any controversy re the '99s (unless you mean Otto and I disagreeing on the ageability of Gruaud, which afterall is one wine). Pretty much everyone I know agrees it's a midweight vintage with medium tannins and relatively low acidity. I guess the only controversy is whether one feels it's worth buying. Certainly some people feel its only worthwhile buying the"best" vintages. I love finding the vintages I think are undervalued.
The Clos du Marquis sounds like classic St Julien. I really liked the LLC, too, and think maybe St Julien did the best of the Medoc appellations.
As to aging, as you say it depends a lot on preferences. I basically think of my '99s in a few categories:
OK, Ready to go (but will hold a few years)
Very Good, Ready (but will hold)
La Fleur de Boüard
Roc de Cambes
Tasty now, but likely to improve a bit
Not so tasty, I hope will improve
Need time, great potential, revisit in 5-10 years
Léoville Las Cases
I may have to grab some CdM if I see below $30.
Thanks for notes.