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Joseph Drouhin Bonnes Mares 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Bonnes-Mares is showing better than the Amoureuses after its recent bottling, and clearly will be an excellent example of the vintage. The bouquet is deep and serious, as it jumps from the glass in a blend of black plums, dark berries, bitter chocolate, venison, earth and smoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, ripely tannic and quite deep at the core, with lovely shape and grip on the backend. With time this wine will deliver lovely vibrancy and cut, and should prove to be most excellent. 2016- 2040+...92-94+." John Gilman 12/07"Like the Clos de Vougeot, this is unusually expressive at this very early stage with a highly seductive nose that combines a full panoply of red, blue and black fruit aromas, including blueberry and cassis along with an ample range of spice and earth nuances that complement perfectly the ripe, rich, intense and sweet medium full flavors that possess a beguiling texture on the driving finish. This is not a big or especially powerful Bonnes Mares, even by the standards of the elegant and refined Drouhin style but it's exceptionally classy and perfectly balanced. The 2006 wine of the vintage for Drouhin...93." Burghound 4/08 "Exuberantly pungent aromas of raspberry, sassafras, sage, and pepper greet the nose from the glass of Drouhin 2006 Bonnes Mares. Sappy and bright; lip-smacking and palate-sticking in its intensity; as so often from its appellation, this acts more like a high spirited stallion than a mature mare. The mineral dimension here is marine, with suggestions of brine, iodine, and shrimp shell reduction. More emphatic in its spice, pungency, and fresh fruit cut than most of its fellow Drouhin 2006s, this shares with them its virtues of clarity and cleanliness, and boasts refined tannins...93" WA 12/09

Joseph Drouhin:
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable ... Read more
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable family heritage. Dedication to the diversity of Burgundy has always been the sole focus and vocation of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as vineyards - mostly premier and grand crus - were acquired in all major areas.   Out of firm conviction, Drouhin has adopted a biological and biodynamic approach to viticulture.  Listening to nature: from vine to glass, at every step in the elaboration of the wine, a profound respect and deference to nature prevails. From its very beginning, Maison Joseph Drouhin has aimed for an ideal of perfection and elegance.  The style of Joseph Drouhin combines balance, harmony and character, providing infinite pleasure.   Thanks to its open-minded world view, Joseph Drouhin introduces the best of Burgundy to all continents.  Its active presence in many countries is the surest proof of its desire to get acquainted and understand other cultures and styles of living. Read less

"The 2006 Bonnes-Mares is showing better than the Amoureuses after its recent bottling, and clearly will be an excellent example of the vintage. The bouquet is deep and serious, as it jumps from the glass in a blend of black plums, dark berries, bitter chocolate, venison, earth and smoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, ripely tannic and quite deep at the core, with lovely shape and grip on the backend. With time this wine will deliver lovely vibrancy and cut, and should prove to be most excellent. 2016- 2040+...92-94+." John Gilman 12/07"Like the Clos de Vougeot, this is unusually expressive at this very early stage with a highly seductive nose that combines a full panoply of red, blue and black fruit aromas, including blueberry and cassis along with an ample range of spice and earth nuances that complement perfectly the ripe, rich, intense and sweet medium full flavors that possess a beguiling texture on the driving finish. This is not a big or especially powerful Bonnes Mares, even by the standards of the elegant and refined Drouhin style but it's exceptionally classy and perfectly balanced. The 2006 wine of the vintage for Drouhin...93." Burghound 4/08 "Exuberantly pungent aromas of raspberry, sassafras, sage, and pepper greet the nose from the glass of Drouhin 2006 Bonnes Mares. Sappy and bright; lip-smacking and palate-sticking in its intensity; as so often from its appellation, this acts more like a high spirited stallion than a mature mare. The mineral dimension here is marine, with suggestions of brine, iodine, and shrimp shell reduction. More emphatic in its spice, pungency, and fresh fruit cut than most of its fellow Drouhin 2006s, this shares with them its virtues of clarity and cleanliness, and boasts refined tannins...93" WA 12/09

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