I was quite surprised to find just how open for business this was in magnum format as I expected something far more reserved but such was not the case. A beautiful and highly expressive nose of ripe black cherry, earth and the hallmark red pinot fruit is followed by medium weight yet concentrated flavors of bacon, smoke and sappy pinot extract that are given lift and verve by the intense minerality and outstanding length. This has added a good deal of weight and seems more powerful than before yet it remains very stylish and classy with excellent potential though like the same wine in 750 ml (see herein), this is so well balanced and harmonious that it could easily be drunk now with pleasure. That said, unless you are lucky enough to have this in quantity, I would counsel cellaring it for another 5 to 10 years. In a word, terrific.
John Gilman "View from the Cellar"
The 1999 Clos des Lambrays is an outstanding example of the vintage. The bouquet is deep and classic, offering up an adolescent blend of dark berries, cassis, espresso, a fine, complex base of soil tones, incipient notes of venison and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, long and complex, with a fairly closed personality today, fine depth at the core, lovely soil signature and excellent length and grip on the moderately tannic and still fairly tightly-knit finish. This is certainly approachable today, but give it another five to ten years to really let it reach its apogee, as the wine is still quite obviously still ascending. 2018-2050+.