Bonnes Mares

2014 Bonnes Mares Arlaud

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  • Appellation:
    Bonnes Mares
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  • Grape Type:
    Pinot Noir
  • Packaging:
    OC x 6
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Wine Critics Notes:

Allen Meadows - Score: 92-94 (2016 Jan.)

A background touch of oak sets off the equally cool and restrained aromas of admirably pure red currant, plum, violet and sandalwood hints. The sleek, intense and punchy broad-shouldered flavors possess obvious power and muscle along with a subtle minerality before concluding in a beautifully long and palate staining finish. As good as this is it is neither as refined as the Clos St. Denis nor as complex as the Charmes. Here too I underscore that patience will be required.

Vinous - Score: 92-95 (2016 Jan.)

(12. 8% alcohol without chaptalization): Healthy bright medium red. Totally different on the nose than the rest of the 2014s, offering aromas of musky red fruits, wild herbs and vegetable matter plus a touch of ripe-year prune without any impression of heat. Densely packed and seamless but a bit unforthcoming. The thick blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors boast terrific concentration but will need years to develop complexity. Finishes with big tongue-dusting tannins and superb palate-saturating length.