Bruno Clair Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
Price: $705.02 excl. GST
- Tasting Notes
A discreet application of wood easily allows the liqueur-like dark currant aromas that are liberally cut with earth and spice nuances to be appreciated. Otherwise there is superb richness to the full-bodied, powerful and concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that possess a velvety and mouth coating palate feel, all wrapped in a gorgeously complex and persistent finish. This isn’t quite as classy as the Bèze but it brings a number of other attributes to the table. Note well though that this isn’t even remotely going to be an early drinker so plenty of patience will be necessary, indeed I would go so far as to say that it would be pointless to even think about opening a bottle before its 15th birthday.
– Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Score: 94
The 2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru is more expressive on the nose compared to the Clos-de-Beze, as you would expect, with detailed blueberry and blackberry aromas, a light peaty scent all with fine delineation. The palate is very well balanced with crisp black fruit, blood orange and savory/meaty notes underneath. There is good energy on display here and it will need 4-5 years to fully assimilate the new oak on the finish. Very fine.
– Neal Martin, Robertparker.com, Score: 93-95
Bright medium red. Deep, complex, soil-driven aromas of raspberry, smoke, underbrush and spices, not a blueberry style of Bonnes-Mares. Juicy on entry, then penetrating, powerful and structured, conveying serious middle-palate richness to its flavors of currant, red fruits, spics and earth. Finishes with huge tannic mass but a bit less refinement than the Clos de Bèze. Bruno Clair finds this wine hard today; it certainly will require patience.
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com, Score: 94+