Robert Parker 93
Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru from Christophe Roumier has a ripe redcurrant, kirsch and vanilla-tinged bouquet, high-toned but not volatile, generous if missing some mineralité. The palate is defined by its very smooth texture: seamless and so lithe in the mouth. There is impressive purity here and while you could describe this as “showy” (not an adjective that I often apply to Christophe’s wines), that is meant in a positive way. There is the substance to suggest this will age with style — a sophisticated and thoroughly enjoyable Bonnes-Mares to savor. Tasted September 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2040
Bright medium red. Knockout high-pitched aromas of red berries, peony and orange peel. Boasts compelling subtle density and sharp definition to its taut flavors of blackberry, violet, licorice, spices and minerals. In its juicy sappiness, this is like chewing on a ripe cherry. A classic Bonnes-Mares, offering superb volume without any undue weight. And an outstanding example of what phenolically ripe fruit could make in this cool vintage.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2038