2011 joseph drouhin, bonnes mares grand cru
Why We're Buying
Joseph Drouhin Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru comes from one of the seven grand cru sites in the estate's portfolio. The resulting pinot noir is an intense ruby-red with outstanding structure and balance. Prepare to spend as much investing in a single bottle of wine as you would for a new television.
Bright red-ruby. Knockout nose combines dark berries, brown spices, mocha and earth. Dense and supple in the mouth, offering captivating early sweetness for Bonnes-Mares. Has the creamy middle to buffer its brisk but harmonious acidity and firm tannic spine. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this very promising young wine shut down in bottle within the next year or two. (91-94)
This initially opens with noticeable reduction though again, the underlying fruit appears ripe. There is outstanding volume to the powerful and concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess a really lovely mouth feel, indeed the term silky would be apt. The finish however is decidedly structured as there is a firm tannic spine shaping the hugely long finish, in fact I would describe this as 'old school' Bonnes Mares as it's very serious if not rustic.