This is a really lovely Magdelaine, but not necessarily a profound Magdelaine. It’s in prime drinking window, unlike some other more significant vintages of close proximity, like 2000, 1995, and apparently according to Mark and Jayson, the 1998.
Decanted one hour.
Dried red fruits, forest floor, leather and old plank on the nose. Hint of herbs. Medium weight on the palate, crisp red fruits and some subtle plummy darks. Sweet tart, grainy-textured finish, with a slight bitter pith note, tannins reasonably integrated. Elegant rusticity, if that makes any sense. Feels like a Cab Franc vintage for Magdelaine in this 1999.