The 1999 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru is an explosive, full-bodied wine bursting with fruit. This is a massive, towering Champagne where you can really feel the sheer density and richness of the fruit. The wine possesses exceptional length and compelling intensity in its layers of fruit. Mint, flowers and cloves are some of the nuances that linger on the eternal finish. As delicious as the wine is, the aromas and flavors are decidedly on the oxidative style and may not appeal to all palates. I also am inclined to think the 1999 won't be one of the longer-lived vintages of this wine. Disgorged: February 3, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
(186, The Wine Advocate 22nd Dec 2009)