Bonnes Mares Grand Cru St Morey – Fougeray de Beauclair
Appellation: Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Surface of the vineyard and production: 1 hectare 50
Vine age: 25 to 75 years
Ground: Argilo calcareous
Wine making and barrels ageing: Cold maceration during three days then alcoholic fermentation under control of temperature at 31C maximum. In tank between 2 and 3 weeks. 100% of new barrels, during 18 months
Nose: Red fruits flavors, blackcurrent, blackberry and violet with woody notes without excesses.
Taste: Spice, fruity, full bodied with a good length.
2011: 90-93 points
Heavy reduction blocks a proper evaluation of the nose though a background touch of wood is visible. The rich, powerful and well-concentrated big-bodied flavors posses good mid palate density along with a velvety mouth fell thanks to the abundance of dry extract that buffers the otherwise very firm tannins on the impressively long finish. This is not a refined Bonnes Mares but one that should develop well over the next 20 years or so.
2013: 90-93 points
Mid reduction and oak push the underlying fruit to the background. There is excellent volume to the attractively textured and intense broad-shouldered flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration along with excellent power on the complex, balanced and mouth coating finish. This is perhaps a bit sleeker in 2013 than it usually is but that won’t prevent it from requiring at least a decade of cellar time.