By Maison Joseph Drouhin
2013 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The 2013 vintage in Burgundy was one of challenges and rewards, with the region besieged by erratic weather that culminated in a harvest testing the mettle of its vignerons. Yet, it is precisely such years that can produce wines with remarkable character, such as the 2013 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin.
A Vintage Carved by Nature's Caprice
Quality and resilience are hallmarks of Maison Joseph Drouhin's philosophy, and the 2013 Bonnes-Mares articulates this ethos profoundly. The season began tentatively with a cool spring delaying budbreak and flowering. Consequently, meticulous canopy management was critical to ensure optimal sun exposure and air circulation, warding off diseases that thrive in such damp conditions. July brought a much-needed reprieve with warmth that lasted through summer. This eleventh-hour save allowed the grapes to finally luxuriate in the sun's embrace, reaching full phenolic maturity just in time for an autumnal harvest.
Investment-worthy Terroir Expression
The resulting wine is a quintessential Bonnes-Mares with an added layer of complexity derived from this roller-coaster growing season. The 2013 vintage releases from Maison Joseph Drouhin have already shown impressive potential for investors seeking uniqueness coupled with age-worthiness. For collectors, this vintage makes an alluring case for how trying climatic conditions can coax out latent nuances, fostering investment in bottles that tell a compelling story of their challenging birthright.
Sampling the 2013 Bonnes-Mares reveals spiced cherry coulis intertwined with earthy undertones—tertiary notes beginning to unfurl gracefully within its structured frame. Acids remain pert, suggesting longevity while tannic grip assures us of its ability to mature elegantly over time. With years ahead to develop further complexity, this is a vintage poised to ensure a return on investment both on the palate and in the cellar.
In Summation: A Singular Oenological Journey
The 2013 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin encapsulates the fortitude of its terroir and winemaking savoir-faire during a year that tested the resolve of Burgundy’s vineyards. Such diversity amongst vintages brings not only intrigue but a tangible uniqueness sought by enthusiasts and investors alike. As an embodiment of 2013’s complexities rendered into liquid poetry, it's a compelling addition to any discerning investor's portfolio—and one assuredly destined for continued appreciation with time.
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