2012 Domaine de la Vougeraie Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

SKU #1233644 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru from Domaine de la Vougeraie put in a stellar showing under tough peer group. It has an intriguing animally nose with just a touch of menthol infusing the black cherry and raspberry fruit that lend it a medicinal personality. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, elegant in the mouth, sensual and almost opulence, yet there is an abiding sense of control and finesse here that takes this to a higher level. There is some very assiduous skillful winemaking here. This is a Bonnes-Mares that totally rocks - up there with the Roumier and de Vogüé's of this world. Chapeau winemaker Pierre Vincent. (NM)  (10/2015)

95-97 points Vinous

 The 2012 Bonnes-Mares emerges from a parcel on the Morey side that is rich in clay, which gives the wine much of its breath and pure, unbridled power. Rich, powerful and explosive, the 2012 Bonnes-Mares is a gripping Burgundy that takes hold of all the senses. Layers of flavor seem to fill out in all directions. Cool veins of minerality give the blue and black toned fruit a sense of cool, invigorating energy that is hugely appealing. The 2012 was vinified with 80% whole clusters and is aging in 80% new oak. It is above all else a wine built on serious balance. (AG)  (1/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full medium-deep red. Sexy, soil-inflected aromas of briary raspberry, brown spices, woodsmoke, white pepper and truffley underbrush. Sappy and sharply delineated, showing rather powerful wild red berry fruit along with complicating notes of minerals, roasted herbs and brown spices. A superb, nuanced expression of this great grand cru, offering a complex blend of light and darker soils (70% of the estate's vines are in Chambolle-Musigny). Powerful acidity gives this wine a whiplash of a finish. 94+ points. (ST)  (3/2015)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 ( from vines by the Morey border, 50% of which were planted in 1902; 80% whole clusters) A gentle application of wood frames the markedly ripe nose of various red berries, spice and floral scents where, like the Corton, there is a note of prune. There is impressive density and overt power to the borderline massive flavors that coat the palate with seemingly buckets of extract, all wrapped in a chewy and mineral-driven finish that delivers excellent length on the overtly structured finale. My score awards the benefit of the doubt that this will freshen with a few years of bottle age. Drink: 2024+  (1/2015)

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- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.