2010 Bonnes-Mares, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

2010 Bonnes-Mares, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

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2010 Bonnes-Mares, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

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Another magical purple colour, a cloak with a rich velvet lining. It is all there on the palate, a huge buoyant mouthful, while the nose still has more to give. Lush but not louche, a mix of really fine fruit with some crunchiness in the structure. Awesomely long finish.
(Jasper Morris MW, BBR Buyer)

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The most elegant of all of these '10 grands crus with a very high-toned, pure and impressively complex mix of red and blue pinot fruit, violets and discreet wood nuances. There is fine richness and excellent concentration to the powerful middle weight flavors that brim with a fine minerality on the seductively textured, balanced and built to age finish. As with the Clos de la Roche, there is excellent phenolic ripeness to the structural elements and this will require ample patience before it arrives at its apogee. Drink 2025+.
(Allen Meadows - burghound.com - March 2012) Read more
Wine Advocate93-95+/100
The 2010 Bonnes-Mares, from a parcel on the Chambolle side, comes across as big and quite powerful. Dark cherries, mint, wild flowers and sweet spices saturate the palate in this deep, muscular Bonnes-Mares. I only hope to have a chance to taste this when it is mature. This is a great showing from Olivier Bernstrein. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035.
Antonio Galloni - 29/02/2012 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW18.5/20
Bonbons on the nose. Very close to Chambolle – a fruity expression of Bonnes Mares. Very fine tannins on the end, with lots of saveur and appeal. Great racy stuff. Drink 2018-2038
(Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - March 2012) Read more

About this WINE

Olivier Bernstein

Olivier Bernstein

Much has changed in Burgundy, both economically and climatologically, since Olivier Bernstein began his eponymous project with the 2007 vintage. Yet the aim here remains essentially the same: to produce wines of the highest possible quality and to forego nothing in a quest to create elegant, sensual and refined wines that can sit comfortably among the top wines of Burgundy.

It is this quest for perfection that has seen Olivier cease production of two of his Premiers Crus in order to focus on his domaine holding in Champeaux, and the seven Grands Crus which are now well established in the range: Charmes-Chambertin; Mazis-Chambertin; Chambertin Clos de Bèze; Chambertin; Clos de la Roche; Bonnes Mares; and Clos de Vougeot.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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