2015 Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Grand Cru Bonnes Mares (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1327001 95 points Decanter

 Brooding but seductive raspberry coulis nose, very ripe and dense. Good attack, but the tannins creep up on the mid-palate rapidly, cloaking the wine in a light grippiness that is positive and invigorating. Good acidity gives persistence and zest. The balance is impeccable, so it should prove long-lived, giving pleasure at various stages of its life. Drinking Window 2018 - 2035  (2/2017)

95 points John Gilman

 The 2015 vintage of Bonnes-Mares is one of the most beautiful young examples of this wine chez Mugnier that I have had the pleasure to taste! The bouquet soars from the glass in a sappy and very pure blend of cherries, red plums, blood orange, cocoa, pigeon, mustard seed, chalky soil tones and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very transparent in personality, with marvelous sappiness at the core, vibrant acids, great freshness and bounce and a long, complex and fine-grained finish. A stunning young Bonnes-Mares. 2025-2075.  (1/2017)

92-95 points Vinous

 Deep red with ruby tones. Slightly leathery reduction to the deep aromas of dark berries, licorice and subtle brown spices. Velvety and highly concentrated; tactile but quite closed in the early going. Hiding its primary fruit today but this very deep soil-driven wine boasts excellent extract and an intriguing wildness. The ripe tannins are very well integrated from the start.(ST)  (1/2017)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is a touch of brett on the otherwise very fresh aromas of red and dark currant fruit that display hints of earth and spice. There is good detail to the powerful and concentrated flavors that possess plenty of dry extract on the velvety yet firm and mildly austere finale. This is clean in the mouth and thus it's possible that this may clean up before its bottled and my projected range offers the benefit of the doubt.  (1/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru was quite open and expressive on the nose, perhaps not as concentrated as the Chambolle les Amoureuses, but with pretty floral accents developing as it opens. Maybe compared to a dozen other 2015 Bonnes-Mares that I tasted from barrel, it is missing the pizzazz, the opulence that defines this vineyard. The palate is medium-bodied with an energetic, orange rind-tinged opening, quite structured in the mouth with a classic-styled finish that is much more reticent than I would have anticipated. To be honest, I often find Bonnes-Mares outflanked by Mugnier's two premier crus and that is no different in this vintage.(NM)  (12/2016)

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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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