Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Produced from vines that are up to 50 years in age, planted in Bonnes-Mares of the Chambolle-Musigny commune; 16.24 hectares (44 acres) under production; sub-soil consists of limestone pavement and white marl, which underlie red clay-flint soils of 40 cm. (15 3/4 in.) depth. The soil is light and gravelly, with origins dating back to the Jurassic period.

    • Vineyards: Bonnes-Mares
    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Size: 16.24 ha (44 acres)
    • Vine Age: Up to 50 years
    • Soil: Limestone pavement and white marl
    • Elevation: 250-280 meters
    • Exposure: East
    • Density: 10,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2013 winter was mild and humid. Budbreak took place later than usual, at the beginning of May. Spring began rather cold and rainy, especially in May. In all our plots, we were careful to have good grass presence in order to absorb water. Flowering was especially long because of low temperatures, beginning mid-June and ended in early July. Thanks to a nice summer, veraison took place in optimal conditions. The Burgundy harvest in 2013 began a month later than in 2011 and two and half weeks later than in 2012. We started on September 28 with Mazis-Chambertin (one of our oldest vines). Thanks to a wonderful and dry month of September, the sanitary state of the vines was good. We harvested beautiful grapes in our premier and grand crus from Côte de Nuits. Fortunately we finished just before the heavy rains that started around October 10.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 28-October 6
    • Average Yields: 30 hl/ha (2.22 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: No heating, only temperature control to avoid the temperature rising above 31 C (87 F); 50% whole cluster; indigenous yeast
    • Maceration: 5-7 days cold maceration; total maceration of 20-22 days
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Barrel Aging: 16 months in 100% new oak from the forests of Jupiles and Fontainebleau
    • Coopers: Stéphane Chassin
    • Filtration: None
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 225 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • Optimum Drinking: 2020-2050
  • Tasting Notes

    • The wine is ample, deep and savory, marrying power and delicacy, while on the nose one finds violets and red cherries along with spices (pepper, cinnamon, cloves). The mouth deploys a tapestry of tannins with fine, velvety texture.

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Reviews

  • Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2013 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

    “Kirsch, cola and mint notes make this distinctive, while dusty tannins leave a tactile impression on the spicy finish. Black cherry and spice elements emerge with air, followed by hints of licorice and mineral.”

  • Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2013 – 92-94 points – Burghound.com

    "... intensely floral and spicy aromas of plum and dark currant … textured, concentrated and muscular broad-shouldered flavors that possess fine mid-palate density, all wrapped in a firmly tannic but not especially austere or rustic finale ..."

  • Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2013 – 17.5 points – JancisRobinson.com

    "Dense and vibrant. Bitter cherries and energy. Lots of dry tannins on the end. But it’s ambitious ..."

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