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2017 Domaine Bruno Clair Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru (Previously $430)

SKU #1489783 94-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has a seriously compelling bouquet: beautifully defined, effortless and refined, featuring black rather than red fruit, crushed stone and discreet undergrowth aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin. There is a stern backbone to this Bonnes-Mares, which is stricter than many of its peers, the blue fruit clearly rationed, but with impressive persistence on the finish. Impressive and intellectual to boot. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This is also aromatically quite cool and elegant while weaving notes of a plethora of floral elements with those of red cherry, raspberry and warm earth. The equally large-scaled flavors possess a quite supple yet impressively dense mid-palate that contrasts markedly with the very powerful, dusty and overtly austere finale that displays a hint of dryness. At present this is somewhat strict and note well that my rating offers the benefit of the doubt that the finish will better harmonize in time. As such, this will not make for especially good early drinking. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

93-97 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "The domaine has one plot in a spot they call Paradis – a real oven. This is picked apart and during vinification it seemed over-ripe and pruny, but it has freshened up since. Nonetheless this part on its own is not balanced – rough tannins alongside fully-ripe fruit. However the main cuvée is a much better prospect. It is still really ripe but much better balanced, offering sweet ripe dark red fruit with plenty of tannins, but well integrated. There is plenty of stuffing here, lowish acidity but the tannins work to complete the equilibrium of the wine. Tasted: November 2018."

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