Brooding but seductive raspberry coulis nose, very ripe and dense. Good attack, but the tannins creep up on the mid-palate rapidly, cloaking the wine in a light grippiness that is positive and invigorating. Good acidity gives persistence and zest. The balance is impeccable, so it should prove long-lived, giving pleasure at various stages of its life. Drinking Window 2018 - 2035
The 2015 vintage of Bonnes-Mares is one of the most beautiful young examples of this wine chez Mugnier that I have had the pleasure to taste! The bouquet soars from the glass in a sappy and very pure blend of cherries, red plums, blood orange, cocoa, pigeon, mustard seed, chalky soil tones and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very transparent in personality, with marvelous sappiness at the core, vibrant acids, great freshness and bounce and a long, complex and fine-grained finish. A stunning young Bonnes-Mares. 2025-2075.
(50% of the vines in this .35 ha parcel were planted in 1980 and 1988, with the remainder planted in the ‘50s; the vines are planted in both terres rouges and terres blanches but there is a slight majority in the latter). A notably ripe nose is composed by notes of black cherry liqueur, violet and warm earth. There is good detail to the powerful and concentrated flavors that possess plenty of dry extract on the velvety yet very firm and mildly austere finale. This is a classic Bonnes Mares that is very clearly built-to-age and is going to need it. 2035+
The 2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru was quite open and expressive on the nose, perhaps not as concentrated as the Chambolle les Amoureuses, but with pretty floral accents developing as it opens. Maybe compared to a dozen other 2015 Bonnes-Mares that I tasted from barrel, it is missing the pizzazz, the opulence that defines this vineyard. The palate is medium-bodied with an energetic, orange rind-tinged opening, quite structured in the mouth with a classic-styled finish that is much more reticent than I would have anticipated. To be honest, I often find Bonnes-Mares outflanked by Mugnier's two premier crus and that is no different in this vintage.(NM)
Bright medium red. Slightly sauvage but fresh aromas of blueberry, raspberry, leather and earth. Suave on entry, then intense and firm in the middle palate, with its black fruit and spice flavors energized by strong minerality. Finishes very long, with serious building, dusty tannins. Mugnier says he finds a slight finishing coarseness here owing to the drought conditions in July of '15, which delayed the ripening of the tannins, but to my palate they are supported by the wine's dry extract. (ST)
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