By Maison Joseph Drouhin
2002 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The turn of the millennium brought many a challenge to Burgundy's hallowed vineyards, but amidst the hardships, the 2002 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin emerged as a testimony to the tenacity of a skilled vigneron in the face of adversity. My exploration of Burgundy's offerings has been a decades-long affair, with every year presenting its own narrative. However, the 2002 Bonnes-Mares holds a particular gravitas in the annals of vinous history.
A Study In Contrast: The 2002 Harvest
In what was a race against climatic caprice, 2002 saw vignerons navigating torrential spring rains followed by a serene spell come August and September. It is here, in this calm after the storm, that the 2002 Bonnes-Mares found its voice – a harmonious chorus between earth and element. The grapes' maturity countered with a zest for life only present in those fruits that have danced with danger on their journey to harvest.
Terroir's Triumph: Opulence and Elegance
In the glass, this vintage exudes an opulent ruby hue - youthful in appearance yet betraying an undercurrent of experience. The palate is graced with dark fruit nuances that mingle with an undergrowth whisper, signaling an evocative display of terroir brilliance. Subtle spiced notes complement the firm tannic structure - both acknowledging the dignity of age while inviting cellar potential.
For the sagacious wine investor, Maison Joseph Drouhin's 2002 vintage holds a duality – it offers immediacy in its charm yet promises further refinement with patience. This Bonnes-Mares is a prized possession for collectors, conveying not just an elevation of doubt into quality but also portraying a fragment of Burgundian lore for posterity.
As we muse upon the liquid tapestry that is the 2002 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin, we are reminded of Burgundy’s inherent resilience. It stands as one of life's luxuries that grows ever more graceful with age; an investable art form that appreciates on both palate and paper. Encapsulating the unique attributes that define this specific annum in wine-making exquisiteness, it's no wonder that this vintage remains a lustrous jewel in the crown of any discerning investor's portfolio.
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Scores and tasting notes
Earthy black fruits and licorice can be found in the aromas of the 2002 Bonnes Mares. Broad, deep, lush, and softly-textured, this medium-bodied wine is seductive, concentrated, and reveals a long, suave finish. Projected maturity: 2006-2016. Importer: Dreyfus Ashby, New York, NY; tel. (212) 818-0770
Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004