"The 1999 has put on weight since I tasted it last year. It is a sexy, open-knit, deep ruby-colored effort, exhibiting a smoky nose of melted asphalt, truffles, cassis, and tobacco, enticing sweetness on the attack, low acidity, and a smoky, ripe rich finish. Along with the 2000, 1999 is one of the two finest La Tour-Haut Brions produced under the new owners, who acquired the estate in 1983. Drink this captivating, complex Graves over the next 10-15 years."
Château La Tour-Haut-Brion is made in a precise, clean, crafted winemaking style. Its supple, medium-bodied, slightly herbaceous wines are drinkable at a relatively early age despite their high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. They have the characteristic nose of coffee, tobacco, occasionally grilled herbs, and black and red currants. Moderate tannins and good underlying acidity give the wine fine definition for at least 5-15 years following most vintages.