By Maison Joseph Drouhin
2014 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
As the pages of the Burgundy wine narrative turn, one chapter that continually enchants connoisseurs is the 2014 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin. This particular vintage is a beacon of the maison's unparalleled craftsmanship and vividly articulates the tale of its terroir.
Vintage Virtuosity: The 2014 Climatic Ballet
The 2014 season in Burgundy was a dramatic ballet of climatic twists; a cool start and unforeseen hailstorms paved the way for an exquisite Indian summer that ultimately defined the vintage. This meticulous dance with Mother Nature resulted in wines with purity, depth, and a structure that solicit a nod from both collectors and purists alike.
The Bonnes-Mares terroir can be challengingly capricious, yet the 2014 offering from Maison Joseph Drouhin breaks through with poetic finesse. There's a dialogue between fruit and earth here that yields an intriguing narrative upon tasting—the dark cherry undertones are intwined with earthy truffle accents that resonate with pinpoint precision on the palate.
Taste Transcendence for Astute Investors
With the regal prowess expected of Grand Cru lineage, this wine embodies exceptional composure on both nose and palate. Refined tannins and a vibrant acid line carry the elegant dark fruit notes across to a finish both long and thoroughly satisfying. For investors, this is a vintage that holds promise; Bonnes-Mares' robust values ensure that this 2014 gem is recognised for its investment stature as well as its sensory indulgences.
In summary, 2014 Bonnes-Mares from Maison Joseph Drouhin emerges from its chrysalis with wings wide - an investment-worthy jewel reflecting its climatic odyssey with grace. As it matures, this vintage is sure to continue unfurling its complex layers, rewarding patience with an evolving testament to its storied birthright.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2014 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru was cropped on September 19 and includes 15% whole cluster fruit, and unlike the Musigny, this had not been bottled. Deep in color, it has great volume and generosity on the nose with blackberry, boysenberry and wilted violet aromas. The fruit is more red than black, perhaps quite Vosne-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, clean and pure, quite refined with deftly integrated oak. Curiously, it comes across as linear on the finish. This is a strict Bonnes-Mares with good tension, a Bonnes-Mares that does not want to let its hair down at the moment. I'd like to see just a little more flamboyance once in bottle.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2015