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The Story

Christophe makes the wine as naturally as possible, vines are hand-tended, the wine undergoes a controlled fermentation with maceration before and after, and the wines rest sur lie in barriques for as long as possible, usually 16 to 18 months. The long slow ageing enables these wines to be bottled without filtration. 15-25% new oak is used for the village appellations whilst 40-50% is used for the 1ers and Grand Crus. The result is intense, noble red Burgundy.

 

Here, Morey-Saint-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny demonstrate the ability of the Côte de Nuits to blend two distinct temperaments into a single personality. The Bonnes-Mares vineyards have been known by this name since the late Middle Ages although the etymology still remains uncertain. The origin might be the verb " marer " meaning " to cultivate carefully ", although many like to think the name alludes to ancient mother-goddesses. This explanation, however, is certainly less probable. Its Grand Cru status was recognised on 8th December , 1936. The Bonnes-Mares appellation lies just south of the Clos de Tart, the neighbouring Grand Cru, forming a rectangle between the hollowed hillsides of Morey and Chambolle. More of it lies in the territory of Chambolle-Musigny than that of Morey-Saint-Denis. Its exposition is easterly and its altitude averages between 250 and 280 metres.

The sub-soil consists of limestone pavement and white marl and underlies clay-flint soils some 40 cm in depth on a gently sloping site. The soil is quite light and gravelly, and is brown or reddish in colour. Its origins date back to the Jurassic period, some 150 million years ago. 

 

A successful blend of impressive build and meaty texture means this wine is a worthy equal to game, which responds well to its huge aromatic intensity and, in the maturer vintages, its musky notes. Preferably the game should be roasted, but the wine will also take on stews without fuss as well as fine wine-based sauces. Duck (even laquered Pekin-style Duck) is similarly enhanced because the virile tannins in the wine give structure to the aromatic and delicately-textured flesh. It also goes well with strong-flavoured cheeses.
Serving temperature : 14 to 16 °C.

 

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Vintage 1971

In 1924 Georges Roumier settled in Chambolle Musigny taking over the Domain which belonged to his wife's family.

At that time, most of the production was sold to local merchants. In 1945, however, Georges Roumier initiated the practice of domain bottling. Ever since, the name "George Roumier" has enjoyed an increasing reputation.

In 1953, he proceeded to expand the Domain with "Le Clos de la Bussière" in Morey St Denis. In 1953, his son Jean-Marie Roumier took over the Domain Georges Roumier. Following in his father's footsteps, Jean-Marie Roumier expanded the range of appellations, aquiring the vineyards of "Corton Charlemagne" (1968) and "Musigny" (1978).


In 1982, Christophe Roumier and his father Jean-Marie became partners to jointly manage the Domain Georges Roumier. Today, the domain covers 11.8 hectares (including 0.276 ha of Charmes-Chambertin and 0.5436 ha of Ruchottes-Chambertin in sharecropping) and is sread out over 9 different appellations. All of the wines produced are marketed in bottles.

The wines of Chambolle-Musigny are delicate and elegant. The wood must respect their character. Depending on the strength of the vintage, I estimate that 15% to 25% of new barrels are sufficient for the village appellations, enhancing their bouquet without sacrificing the finesse of the wine.

The proportion of new barrels may rise with the strength of the wine.

This is why I use 25% to 40% of new barrels for the Premier Crus and 40% to 50% for the Grands Crus. We bottle the wines without filtering and if possible without fining, out of the greatest respect for the wine.

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Roumier Bonnes Mares is one of this collector’s favorite producers, and the auction will feature over 120 lots of his wines dating back to 1923!!! This magnum was an other-worldly experience. The wine had an incredible nose, Roumier all the way with its roses, spice, beef, cedar, minerals, cocoa powder and incredible spine, tannins and alcohol. Wowowow! Its intense leather flavors were S & M worthy, and there was enough acidity in this magnum for most cases!!! Dalia picked up some exotic ‘watermelon,’ and it was right on the money (as she usually is), although I was quick to point out that it was closer to the rind than the super sweet quality of the fruit. For someone that is not a regular drinker (I am working on that), I must admit she has some of the best innate senses that I have come across. She is the type of woman that wars are started over. Secondary flavors of rose and beef emerged, and its slate and minerality were enough to get Flintstone on the job. Incredible stuff

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 1971  ( Domaine Georges Roumier )

Roumier Bonnes Mares is one of this collector’s favorite producers, and the auction will feature over 120 lots of his wines dating back to 1923!!! This magnum was an other-worldly experience. The wine had an incredible nose, Roumier all the way with its roses, spice, beef, cedar, minerals, cocoa powder and incredible spine, tannins and alcohol. Wowowow! Its intense leather flavors were S & M worthy, and there was enough acidity in this magnum for most cases!!! Dalia picked up some exotic ‘watermelon,’ and it was right on the money (as she usually is), although I was quick to point out that it was closer to the rind than the super sweet quality of the fruit. For someone that is not a regular drinker (I am working on that), I must admit she has some of the best innate senses that I have come across. She is the type of woman that wars are started over. Secondary flavors of rose and beef emerged, and its slate and minerality were enough to get Flintstone on the job. Incredible stuff

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 1971  ( Domaine Georges Roumier )

"Was heralded as Christophe's father's greatest vintage. Its nose was nutty, figgy and also sexy, just in a different way. I think all this great wine was getting me horny, or maybe it was&never mind. The nose was sweet and dripping with ripe plums, gamy and rich in all of the above ways. Long and tasty with great acidity, the 1971's fruit was a bit browned but still tasty and with nice earth flavors "

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