Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2014

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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

    • As early as spring, the 2014 vintage appeared to be precocious. A particularly sunny and dry month of April favored the vines (the budding and flowering were ahead of schedule). These magnificent climatic conditions gave hope for a beautiful harvest. We already knew that a green harvest would be necessary to “lighten” the vines. The head start acquired during the beginning of the cycle was slightly lost with a typical Burgundy summer: wet and chilly without much sunshine. The ripening of our parcels began with a good rhythm during the end of August. Ideal maturing conditions returned in September with a promising harvest starting on the 13th. We began with the Mazis-Chambertin where we found a very nice balance and an agreeable freshness. Our grapes, already sorted several times directly on the vines over the summer, were once again rigorously sorted by our team of harvesters. The grapes were ripe, healthy, and aromatic. We decided to keep 30% of the stocks for all the batches (50% for the Bonnes-Mares). The result is a very beautiful and classical Burgundy vintage!

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

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Reviews

  • Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2014 – 95 points – Wine Spectator

    "A beauty, this is all silk and finesse. Still, there is adequate structure underneath to support the vibrant cherry, berry, floral and spice flavors. A lingering impression of oak spice and latent mineral marks the finale"

  • Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2014 – 95 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    "A beauty, this is all silk and finesse. Still, there is adequate structure underneath to support the vibrant cherry, berry, floral and spice flavors..."

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