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    2 290
  • Producer ranking ?

    22
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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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The 1993 Roumier Bonnes Mares that followed had a great, reserved nose that was long and smooth. This was really good but reticent, black and dark. It was shut down, and we didn’t have enough time to get to know it on this night, but it had me thinking about it long after I left (95+).
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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 1993  ( Domaine Georges Roumier )

"The 1993 Roumier Bonnes Mares that followed had a great, reserved nose that was long and smooth. This was really good but reticent, black and dark. It was shut down, and we didn’t have enough time to get to know it on this night, but it had me thinking about it long after I left (95+)."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 1993  ( Domaine Georges Roumier )

"The 1993 Roumier Bonnes Mares had a much tighter nose, and while shy, it was still deep. There was intense power to its nose, with aromas of mint, spice and some rubber tire. The palate was also wound with more spice, along with minerals, earth and a canine complexity to its flavors.

This was a rugged wine that had the whips, chains and leather pants all in one. There was also some charcoal in between its toes. ‘Both are true to their commune,’ one of our wise guests added, while The Scholar commented how Bonnes Mares ‘is the most Bordeaux of the Burgundies.’ The Bonnes Mares had great power, spine and spice, but it seemed squarer than usual (95+)."

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