By Maison Joseph Drouhin
2001 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The esteemed vineyards of Burgundy have long been the canvas for winemaking masterpieces, and the 2001 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin is a vivid illustration of such artistry. As a dedicated reviewer of the region’s liquid treasures, I find myself returning to this poignant vintage, which eloquently captures the year's unique conditions.
A Distinctive Climatic Imprint
It's crucial to contextualize the 2001 vintage within the climatic tapestry of Burgundy. That year was marked by idiosyncratic weather – initial concerns over mildew were allayed by a drier June, while the tail-end of the season brought warmer spells that were integral in ripening the grapes to perfection. This peculiar dance of the elements resulted in wines with a pronounced structure and ample aging potential.
Vintage Peculiarities: The 2001 Bonnes-Mares
The 2001 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin imparts an exceptional encapsulation of its particular year. This wine exudes an intricate bouquet that entices with aromas of ripe cherry, emerging earthy undergrowth, and hints of delicate spice – all irrefutable signatures of its climatic providence. On the palate, it presents a symphony of maturity and grace; age has woven subtle tertiary notes through its once vibrant fruit core, producing velvety tannins and a finish that resonates with an almost ethereal elegance.
An undeniable asset for fine wine investors, this Bonnes-Mares is not merely a bottle but a chronicle of 2001's singularity. It's an eloquent statement of terroir and time, a vintage that mesmerises connoisseurs with its poised evolution and satiating depth.
As one delves into the pleasure of tasting, it behoves to remark on its investment allure. The 2001 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin offers complexity that only meticulosity in viticulture and winemaking can achieve; it is an investment in sensory history. Its niche in the tapestry of fine Burgundian lineage stands out for all who have the joy and acumen to appreciate it.
In summary, as we reflect upon this exceptional expression from Burgundy, one cannot help but laud the profound journey undertaken by the 2001 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin – an undoubted highlight within the realm of wine investment and pleasure alike.
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Scores and tasting notes
Pure, expressive aromas of red cherries are displayed by the medium to dark ruby-colored 2001 Bonnes Mares. Medium-bodied, exhibiting outstanding depth of fruit, as well as a well-delineated personality, this is a red cherry, stony black fruit, and spice-flavored beauty. In addition, it wows the taster with an exceptionally long, flavorful finish. Projected maturity: 2004-2011. Importer: Dreyfus Ashby, New York, NY; tel. (212) 818-0770
Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2003