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Bonnes Mares Comte Georges de Vogue 2016 (1.5L)
94-96 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru was 70% affected by the frost, though FranÃ§ois explained that the north side was spared the damage. It offers slightly darker fruit on the nose compared to the Les Amoureuses: blackcurrant, tobacco, sage and in the background a touch of flint and violet petal. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, though not quite as supple as the Les Amoureuses. I admire the symmetry here: a detailed and linear Bonnes Mares with impressive mineralitÃ© on the finish that lingers 45 to 60 seconds after the wine has departed." 12/17
90-93 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Briary red fruits and black cherry on the nose, along with some subtle spicy oak notes; showing less of this wine's normal blueberry and mineral aromas. Fairly smooth but tight, conveying an impression of slightly green acidity to the complex flavors of medicinal dark cherry, herbs, peony, lilac, licorice and menthol. The most tannic of these 2016s to this point and a bit lacking in give. Finishes with dark fruits and a repeating note of menthol. Hard to assess at this stage of its evolution in barrel." 1/18
90-92 Points, Burghound: "Deep ruby. Once again there is an exuberant freshness to the nose of plum, violet, peony, spice and earth aromas. There is outstanding density and power to the big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that deliver fine complexity though the finish is somewhat drying and a bit short. This showed awkwardly today because while the tannins seem ripe they are rough and somewhat inelegant. This may very well come together but I have at least some concern about that." 1/18
92-93 Points, John Gilman, View From the Cellar: "The 2016 Bonnes-Mares was a bit hunkered down at the time of my visit and not really in the mood for visitors. The bouquet is certainly deep and shows a nice spice element to its blend of black cherries, a fine base of soil, gamebird, woodsmoke, black plums and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite closed down today, but with a good core, firm, slightly coarse tannins and a long, primary finish. With all the other 2016s here showing such purity and sappy beauty out of the blocks, the more reticent showing of the Bonnes-Mares is a bit out of place, but the domaine's parcel of vines was undoubtedly the most heavily hit by frost of any in Bonnes-Mares this year and the wine may simply need more time in barrel to start to blossom. (Drink between 2030-2070)" 11/17