2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1341668 92-95 points Vinous

 Dark ruby-red. Classic Bonnes-Mares aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and herbs. Silky on entry, then firm and youthfully imploded in the middle palate, displaying outstanding energy to its blueberry, licorice, underbrush and violet flavors. Subtle brown spices carry from the nose through the aftertaste, adding another element of complexity. This wine has a serious tannic spine to support extended aging. Patrick Landanger described his holding in Bonnes-Mares as "shaped like a potato within the de Vogüé portion" (last year, he called it "a little crescent"), noting that his vines are planted along a north-south axis. (ST)  (1/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru actually showed up the Les Amoureuses on the nose, with superior delineation and mineralité, more complexity, just a more engaging bouquet. It sports a lovely, quite subtle marine influence. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, quite masculine in style with a little chewiness toward the finish. It does not quite finish with the panache suggested by the aromatics. Give this 3-5 years in bottle and let's see. (NM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

96-98 points Jasper Morris (MW): "Clear dark colour, surprisingly little nose at first. Then a hugely intense swelling mouthful of ripe dark fruit, the savoury aspects just playing around the edges. Vey long indeed, a brilliant dense exciting Bonnes Mares. Lovely juicy aftertaste with just the right thread of acidity." (01/2018)

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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.


- 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.


- 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.
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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.