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    1 567
  • Producer ranking ?

    18
  • 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 three reds were served blind, but the flight had a theme. They tasted a lot younger than they were. The first was deep, dark, young and impressive. It was thinner at first, but there was more purity here. There was lots of animal fat and fur to this solid wine. This 1999 Roumier Bonnes Mares kept improving in the glass (94+).

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Full, backward colour. Fine full, rich, concentrated nose. Lots and lots of depth. Still very youthful. Still some tannin to resolve. Splendid energy and really aristocratic fruit. Marvelous finish. Brilliant.

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Beaune, Burgundy

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 1999  ( Domaine Georges Roumier )

The three reds were served blind, but the flight had a theme. They tasted a lot younger than they were. The first was deep, dark, young and impressive. It was thinner at first, but there was more purity here. There was lots of animal fat and fur to this solid wine. This 1999 Roumier Bonnes Mares kept improving in the glass (94+).

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 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 1999  ( Domaine Georges Roumier )

Full, backward colour. Fine full, rich, concentrated nose. Lots and lots of depth. Still very youthful. Still some tannin to resolve. Splendid energy and really aristocratic fruit. Marvelous finish. Brilliant.

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 1999  ( Domaine Georges Roumier )

"A 1999 Roumier Bonnes Mares was another ballgame, delivering a game-winning hit. This was still young, hinting at its wealth, but it kept its wallet in its pocket. There were cascades of red, purple and black fruit but none on obvious display. It had flesh without being fleshy, and flavor without being fruity. Earth and cedar sprinted up and down its sidelines, trying to get in the game. I loved the wine, but it still felt way too soon (95)."

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