2015 Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1311518 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is enough reduction present to warrant decanting this if you’re tempted to try a bottle young. Otherwise there is good freshness to the rich, powerful and overtly muscular broad-shouldered flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before culminating in a hugely long finish where the only reproach is a subtle warmth. What I like about this wine though is the subtle interplay of structural elements that contribute mightily to the sense of harmony and grace, which is relatively unusual for such a big wine. In short, this is first-rate as well though I would note that my score assumes that the reduction displayed on the nose will not last. 2037+  (1/2018)

95 points John Gilman

 As one would expect, the 2015 Bonnes-Mares from Domaine Dujac is not quite as exotically floral and flamboyant as the Clos St. Denis, but every bit as good. The bouquet is deep and youthful, offering up a superb blend of red and black cherries, venison, woodsmoke, a touch of mustard seed, raw cocoa, complex soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows off outstanding mid-palate depth, with firm, ripe tannins, bright acids and laser-like focus on the very long and very promising finish. This is structured quite a bit like the 2005 was out of the blocks! 2028-2085.  (1/2017)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has a very precise and linear bouquet at first, then begins to unfurl with scents of black cherry, mulberry, pomegranate and distant marine scents (oyster shells and estuarine aromas). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little chalky in texture with a poised, saline finish that is quite "Roumier" in style. It will need several years for it to unfold but it will reward those with patience.  (12/2016)

95 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. The ineffable nose offers a very sexy blend of red fruits, spices, mocha, flowers and herbs. Silky and seamless but with superb integrated acidity giving punch to the intense flavors of raspberry, cocoa powder, flowers and spices. Finishes very suave and very long, with noble tannins perfectly supported by the wine's strong extract. This wine, made from a yield of just 25 hectoliters per hectare, could easily have been overripe or unwieldy in 2015 but it transcends the vintage in its juicy energy and light touch. 95+ points. (ST)  (1/2018)

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Pinot Noir

- 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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

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.