Massive notes of blueberry and blackberry jam yet there is a certain austerity to the nose followed by flavors A brooding if not inexpressive nose features notes of earth, soft spice, dark and notably ripe dark berry fruit. There is outstanding concentration to the big-bodied firm, reserved, overtly powerful flavors that are underpinned by a still very solid wall of tannins on the sappy and somewhat austere finish that delivers outstanding length. This remains relatively closed and a wine that is clearly still on the way up. Consistent notes save for one recent bottle which exhibited just a touch of finishing dryness. Drink: From 2019+
The Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1999 has a quite exuberant bouquet that is very floral, like somebody shoving a bouquet of freshly picked violets under your nostrils. Looking further, one finds shaved black truffles and blackcurrant pastilles, aromatics that gain confidence and chutzpah with time. The palate is medium-bodied with black cherries and hints of tobacco. This is firm and quite rigid like many 1999s, impressive more than giving at the moment, a Bonnes-Mares that clearly requires another decade in bottle to show what it is capable of. (NM) 93+
Deep ruby-red. Deep, dark aromas of blueberry, violet, flowers, coffee and mocha. Superrich and chocolatey, with lovely sweetness, but currently quite closed. Has more stuffing for its tannins than the Chambolle premier cru. Finishes firm but ripe and long.
Lovely, and seriously structured. Full-bodied and rich, with some wonderfully soft tannins and ripe fruit. Shows plum, prune and blackberries, with some mineral creeping in on the finish. Needs cellaring so the oak can integrate with the wine.
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