See Decanter's vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol 1999.

Saint-Emilion and Pomerol 1999


A difficult vintage for growers: quality on the right bank depends on conscientious producers rather than appellation

Weather Conditions

The summer was warm and growth very vigorous, requiring much green-harvesting. On September 5 a devastating hailstorm hit some top properties in Saint-Emilion, including Angélus and Canon, yet despite dire predictions, the properties managed to salvage part of their crop and make very good wines. Much Pomerol was harvested before rain returned on 19 September, so quality was sound. Sugar levels were quite high, yet because of high yields and persistent rain, the wines were not nearly as concentrated as in 1998.

Best Appellations

This was a difficult vintage for growers which culminated in a hailstorm over 550 hectares of Saint-Emilion on 5 September and rain during the harvest. Quality varies throughout the Right Bank, the conscientious producers (who again put in the work in the vineyards) making some excellent wines. The general generic range, though, tends towards high acidities and lighter wines. Certain hail-hit properties that picked 10 days earlier than predicted have come out surprisingly well. In Pomerol a window of fine weather on 15 and 16 September enabled a percentage of producers to harvest the Merlot at optimum maturity. Overall it’s a question of producer rather than appellation.

Best Producers

St-Emilion: Angélus, Ausone, Canon-la-Gaffelière, Cheval Blanc, La Couspaude, Figeac, Grand Mayne, La Mondotte, Pavie, Pavie-Macquin, Le Tertre Roteboeuf
Pomerol: Beauregard, Clos l’Eglise, La Conseillante, l’Eglise-Clinet, l’Evangile, Pétrus, Le Pin, Vieux Château Certan