2009 Domaine Bruno Clair Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

SKU #1322288 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Bonnes Mares is a dense, powerful wine imbued with massive structure and dazzling finesse. This is one of the more imposing, inward wines of the vintage, and it will require serious patience. That notwithstanding, the wine’s balance and sense of harmony are impossible to miss. Clair’s Bonnes Mares is made from a portion of the vineyard on the Morey border, right next to Clos de Tart. The fruit was harvested on September 17, on the late side in 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2039. (AG)  (5/2011)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is still some wood visible on the notably ripe dark berry fruit, spice and earth-suffused nose that remains entirely primary in character as this early stage. The big, powerful and full-bodied flavors possess excellent richness and fine mid-palate concentration before culminating in a long and reasonably well-balanced finale as the only nit is a hint of backend warmth. This is very 2009 in style but even though it's notably ripe, it's not surmature or roasted. For my taste this is still years away from being fully ready and I would be inclined to put it in the back of the cellar and forget it for a while yet.  (7/2015)

91-93 points Vinous

 Medium red. Reticent but nuanced nose hints at strawberry, flint, menthol, brown spices and smoky herbs. Then lush, smooth and seamless in the mouth; quite dry and youthfully closed today but with terrific volume without weight. Really spreads out on the palate and vibrates on the aromatic aftertaste. This one will need at least three or four years of bottle aging. (ST)  (1/2011)

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