The 1998 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru is an intriguing wine. This was completely de-stemmed. Showed extremely well in the London tasting. Here it displays exquisite transparency and detail on the nose, the red fruit infused with undergrowth and crushed stone. In fact, the aromatics outshine the 1999 Bonnes-Mares. The Hong Kong bottles show a slight lactic element, perhaps the oak more marked? The palate is medium-bodied with great precision, just a hint of eucalyptus developing with aeration, “sexy” with a bit of tart towards the 'nimble' finish. This is maturing extremely well in bottle, one of the prettiest examples of Roumier’s Bonnes-Mares in recent years. Tasted at the Roumier verticals in Hong Kong and London. (NM)
(made from yields of only 20 hl/ha; with thanks to Joe Wong and Bonnie Wai). Massively dense in every respect with astonishing concentration of deeply pitched and still 100% primary fruit that complements the compelling, robust and powerful flavors that feature notes of cassis, blueberries, black cherries, minerals and earth, all wrapped in a mouth coating and fantastically long finish. The tannins are largely resolved and this is drinking as well as it's going to though I underscore that it should be capable of holding at this level for years.
The 1998 Roumier Bonnes-Mares is one of the top wines of the vintage, but it still requires another few years to begin to really sing. The nose is deep and classic, as it offers up a mix of black cherries, fresh nutmeg, bitter chocolate, vinesmoke, a bit of youthful peppercorn, and plenty of earth tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and well-balanced, with a glorious core of fruit, moderate tannins, sound acids, and excellent length and grip on the complex and palate-staining finish.
Bright, saturated deep red. Vibrant aromas of dark berries, licorice and flowers. Dense, thick and powerfully structured, with strong acidity buffered by equally strong extract. Finishes with chewy tannins and excellent persistence. A very young, tightly wound wine that should evolve in bottle for many years. (ST) 93+
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