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My favourite wines of 1999


I have declared the Wine Pages an MMZ (Minimum Millennium Zone): there will be no articles on "Wines of the Millennium", "A Thousand Years of Wine", etc. Instead, here is my usual end of year round-up of favourite wines drunk during 1999. This is always a welcome opportunity to pore over all my notes for the past year and recall some fabulous wines.

You can also read scores of visitors' Wine of the Year 1999 (there's another link to these at the foot of the page).

This year has easily been my toughest challenge yet. In a year when I tasted around 2,000 wines there were certain once-in-a-lifetime tasting events that made the task particularly difficult, including:

Tom's Wines of the Year 1999

As usual, these Wines of the Year are split into 7 categories.

Red - Paul Jaboulet Aîné (Rhone) Hermitage La Chapelle 1978
White - Zind-Humbrecht (Alsace) Tokay-Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl 1992
Budget red - Pinotage Company (South Africa) Bush Vine Pinotage 1998
Budget white - Pewsey Vale (Australia) Eden Valley Riesling 1997
Sweet - Baumard (Loire) Quarts de Chaume 1996
Sparkling - Cuvée Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne 1983
Fortified - Graham Vintage Port 1970


Read the tasting notes for my best wines of 1999

It's cheating I know, but this is such a tough task that I've allowed myself another baker's dozen that really stood out and could easily have made this list:

Château Beychevelle (Bordeaux) 4th growth St-Julien 1985
Araujo (California) Eisle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
Dehlinger (Russian River) Syrah 1994
Château Latour (Bordeaux) 1st growth Pauillac 1966
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (Burgundy) Echézeaux Grand Cru 1966
Vega Sicilia (Spain, Ribero del Duero) "Unico" 1970
Château de Beaucastel (France) Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1989
Mas de Daumas Gassac (France, Languedoc) 1989
Wirra Wirra (Australia) Scrubby Vale Semillon 1994
Von Kesselstatt (M-S-R) Riesling Scharzhofberger Spätlese 1995
Temple Bruer (Australia) Langhorne Creek Shiraz/Malbec 1996
Pilton Manor (England) Fumé 1995
González Byass (Spain) Vintage Oloroso Sherry 1970
Domaine Cady (Loire) Coteaux de Layon cuvée "Les Varennes" 1997

visitors' Wine of the Year 2001