Value Through Time: Burgundy 1932-2016 (Aug 2021)

Poured blind, the 1999 Chambertin Grand Cru from Rousseau delivers… and then some. It has a beguiling, transparent bouquet that actually drew me away from guessing the normally more opulent and (at times) opaque Côte de Nuits reds of this powerful vintage, offering vivid and pixelated red fruit tinged with freshly rolled tobacco and a judicious touch of iron filings. The palate is very fine-boned with pitch-perfect acidity, vivacious red fruit and a hint of white pepper intermixed with Earl Grey. It fans out gloriously toward the persistent finish. Stunning. Tasted at Arbor restaurant in Hong Kong.