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1996 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru Winery-Direct Release

SKU #140255 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This is very deeply colored, in fact so much so that it would make a young port blush! The ripe aromas of red and blue berries, spice and earth display a mentholated top note. The dense, powerful and mouth coating broad-shouldered flavors possess evident muscularity while delivering excellent length on the youthfully austere finale. This isn't refined, indeed it's borderline rustic, but it's a dramatically impressive and very firmly structured wine that should live for decades. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I loved this medium-to-dark ruby-colored wine. Earthy aromas of stones, minerals, blood, and blueberries can be found in this medium-to-full-bodied, tightly wound, sensual, and seductive wine. Seemingly unending layers of black raspberries, cherries, wild blueberries, tangy red currants, and fresh herbs can be found in this complex, rich, silky-textured, and profound wine. Its sublime finish, which provides the taster with yet another opportunity to witness this offering's gorgeous purity of fruit, has a firm yet supple backbone. An extraordinary Bonnes Mares! (PR) Inner quote mark (8/1998)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The mid-1990s was not my favorite era at Comte de Vogüé, as the wines were a bit more extracted in these days than they are today. However, despite this very obvious style in evidence in the 1996 Bonnes-Mares, the wine showed very nicely at our tasting. The bouquet is open and quite attractive, wafting from the glass in a mix of plums, pomegranate, venison, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still fairly structured, with a fine core of fruit, good soil signature, ripe, well-integrated tannins and fine focus and grip on the long and complex finish. This needs more bottle age to allow the tannins to soften up a bit more, but the wine is going to be very good when it is fully blossomed. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good fresh dark red. Flamboyant nose combines blueberry, blackberry, licorice and Cuban tobacco; distinctly blacker aromas than the '97. Great sweetness and penetration on the palate; flavors are given thrust and grip by a strong spine of acids and tannins. Quintessential grand cru intensity without excess weight. Extremely long, noble finish. Fascinating Bonnes-Mares, and likely to be very long-lived. (ST) 93+ Inner quote mark (3/1998)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Big red, with lots of mineral, toasted oak and compacted fruit; seemingly ungenerous for now, it's a terroir-driven Pinot that's hibernating and will need time. But all the pieces are there, including a racy quality. (PM) Inner quote mark (5/1999)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Quite deep ruby with some evolution. Very intriguing nose. Real lift and balance. Great energy together with depth of fruit. Quite severe but admirably so. Great line. Needs food, of course, but this has the body to compensate for the acidity of this vintage. Long and complex. (JR) 18/20 points Inner quote mark (4/2017)

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