A discreet application of wood sets off less evidently spicy but even more complex aromas of black cherry, red currant, earth, game and once again Asian-style tea scents. The rich, powerful and overtly muscular broad-shouldered flavors coat the palate with dry extract before culminating in a hugely long finish. What I like about this wine though is the subtle interplay of structural elements that contribute mightily to the sense of harmony and grace, which is relatively unusual for such a big wine. In short, this is first-rate.
Bright, dark red. Ineffable high-pitched aromas of raspberry, spices, piquant minerality and mint. Tighter than the Clos de la Roche and less fleshy in the early going but with terrific energy and pungent lift to the sharply defined flavors of raspberry, cocoa powder, pepper and spices. The wine's very firm tannins suggest that it will need considerable cellaring upon release, but this should be a beauty.(ST)
As one would expect, the 2015 Bonnes-Mares from Domaine Dujac is not quite as exotically floral and flamboyant as the Clos St. Denis, but every bit as good. The bouquet is deep and youthful, offering up a superb blend of red and black cherries, venison, woodsmoke, a touch of mustard seed, raw cocoa, complex soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows off outstanding mid-palate depth, with firm, ripe tannins, bright acids and laser-like focus on the very long and very promising finish. This is structured quite a bit like the 2005 was out of the blocks! 2028-2085.
The 2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has a very precise and linear bouquet at first, then begins to unfurl with scents of black cherry, mulberry, pomegranate and distant marine scents (oyster shells and estuarine aromas). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little chalky in texture with a poised, saline finish that is quite "Roumier" in style. It will need several years for it to unfold but it will reward those with patience.
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