TN 1999 Bourgneuf-Vayron, Pomerol

Dining home alone, with My dog, Vera.
Steak with Béarnaise. I opened a “home alone” bottle, and the choice was a 1999 Bourgneuf-Vayron.
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At release, RP scored it “88 ? -Backwards”. That triggered Me, and I got a six-pack at $19/btl. -Which was pretty cheap back then !

The backwardness has now reversed, and today, the wine is forward, and a pleasure to drink.
-Firm cork, 2mm inked.
Dark clear red core with a tiny ring of orange. Lots of sediment on bottle inside wall.
Dark fruit aromas, almost a bitter fresh smell, but in a very positive way.
Medium body, mulberries… Some fine acid/bitterness makes the wine fresh, and clears the palate well, when eating the favorite fat sauce. Still some tannins, but not the aggressive cheek-biter type.
Even a little sweet note can get a front seat, in this “reversed” wine. The fine salty note, can also be found.

-After an hour (right now [cheers.gif] ), the wine is drinking great alone, without food, and maybe I won’t save the rest for tomorrow…
Can’t see it getting much better, maybe a little more mellow, and I will wait 3-5y before the next one pops. No Hurry. It has plenty life left.

Fine wine, at low cost. Thank You Bob, for not hyping this cheap classic.

Regards, Søren.

That looks pretty good. 1990 and 1998 were nice as well.

I would like to try a 1990. It must be fully mature by now.

This wine can be found labeled as “Bourgneuf”, or “Bourgneuf-Vayron”. After 2011 though, only named “Bourgneuf”.
-Eighth generation of the Vayron family (since 1821) runs this classic chateau.

After 4 hours, the last glass was absolutely right. Either I had adapted to the wine, or the wine had found an equilibrium, where all was in balance. -Hard edges gone, more sweet-sour dark fruit, but not heavy at all.
Next bottle will get the 4 hour decant.


Hi Soren,

Excellent TN, great price!