By Maison Joseph Drouhin
1996 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The prodigious 1996 vintage stands as an enduring beacon of the mastery at Maison Joseph Drouhin, flourishing amidst the storied terroir of Burgundy's Bonnes-Mares appellation. In traversing the timeline of Burgundian climats, one is often struck by years which display a rare confluence of natural harmony and vinicultural finesse; 1996 holds this distinction with a quiet dignity.
Vintage Singularities: The Magic of '96
The '96 growing season in Burgundy stands out as a year for the annals. A cool spring gave way to a superbly sunny July, creating an excellent condition for véraison. The near perfect ripening period followed by a later harvest allowed for an extended maturation on the vines, imbuing the 1996 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin with a depth and complexity sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike. It is a true testament to the vintage’s resilience and character.
A Connoisseur's Compelling Contemplation
Tasting the 1996 Bonnes-Mares today reveals a wine that remains enthrallingly youthful whilst beginning to exhibit tertiary nuances indicative of its noble age. Every sip transports one through a narrative woven by dark berry fruits, balanced impeccably with an undercurrent of earthy minerality typical of Bonnes-Mares terroir. This evolving dynamic dictates an enigmatic complexity that resonates profoundly with true collectors yearning for brilliance beyond the predictable.
Investors and connoisseurs prize this vintage, not only for its rarity but also for its emblematic representation of an extraordinary Burgundy year. The deft craftsmanship of Maison Joseph Drouhin ensures that their 1996 Bonnes-Mares ages with grace and poise—a hallmark of truly fine wine investment potential.
In summary, the 1996 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin eloquently encapsulates the quintessence of its celebrated appellation, an exemplar of Burgundian prowess in a bottle. As it continues to unfurl its splendour with each passing year, its investable qualities grow more distinct, asserting its place among the pantheon of stellar vintages ideal for expertly curated collections.
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Scores and tasting notes
Exhibiting a bright and medium-to-dark ruby/purple color as well as oak-imbued blackberries, this wine is a medium-to-full-bodied, tangy, concentrated, tightly-wound, and lively wine. Cherries, red and black currants, earth, stones, and new oak flavors can be discerned in this well-crafted and proportioned offering. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2007. Importer: Dreyfus Ashby, New York, NY; tel (212) 818-0770.
Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 1998