Good full red. Very reduced on the nose. Large-scaled, broad and thick; at once sweet and savory, offering an extraordinarily mouthfilling character. Musky red fruit and spice flavors come across as cooler than those of the Clos de la Roche and Clos Saint-Denis. This seriously structured wine is very restrained today and will need 10 to 12 years to absorb some of its baby fat and gain in clarity.
Mid crimson. A little reduced. But fabulous fruit. Really explosive and peacock’s tail. Long and rich. Their acquisition in 2005 added much more white soil so it’s close to 50:50, and the white soil provides lift and floral aromas.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2034
Robert Parker 96
The 2010 Bonnes-Mares boasts gorgeous energy and precision in its aromatics. Sweet red cherries, flowers, mint and spices are some of the nuances that flow from this elegant, refined Bonnes-Mares. The theme of finesse is woven throughout this sleek, engaging beauty, while some of the wilder notes that are at times present in the wine seem tamed, at least today. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. Dujac fans will be thrilled with these 2010s. They are off the charts. The most difficult thing will no doubt be finding them. Jeremy Seysses reported yields down by 30-50% across the board, although his Morey blanc was down a whopping 90%. The poor flowering and wet summer resulted in loose bunches with a high amount of shot berries. The wines came in at 12 to 12.5% potential alcohol and were lightly chaptalized. Seysses used 80-90% stems for most of the wines, a little less for some, such as the Charmes and Combettes (around 70%) and more for the Chambertin and RSV (both 100%). Unfortunately, the 2010 Morey 1er Cru was too reduced to evaluate, so I will have to wait for another opportunity to taste the wine. I also tasted the entire range of 2009s. I will report on those wines in the April issue. Importers: The Sorting Table, Napa, CA; tel. (415) 491-4724; Martin Scott Wines, Little Neck, NY; tel. (516) 327-0808; Chambers & Chambers, San Francisco, CA; tel. (415) 642-5500
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040