Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2016

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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

    • Despite a mild winter, 2016 was a relatively late vintage. The conditions in the vineyards were complicated and the 130 millimeters (5.12 inches) of rainfall in May didn’t make it any easier. The hard work put forth in the vineyards paid off, and the property was able to grow healthy and ripe grapes. Once again, the essential took place in the vineyards. Luck was on their side as well, because the frost episode, which ravaged a large part of Burgundy the morning of April 27, spared their vines, allowing them to have a harvest almost identical to 2015.

      Summer only began toward mid-July, but the abundant sunshine combined with cool nights permitted Bernstein to slowly obtain, without intense heat, a beautiful phenolic maturity while preserving the acidity. This is everything a Pinot Noir loves about Burgundy.

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

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Reviews

  • Olivier Bernstein Bonnes Mares Grand Cru – 2016 – Wine Spectator – 97 Points

    Expressive, even flamboyant, this red features red and black cherry, sandalwood, stony mineral, earth and spice flavors. Larger than life, with a boisterous personality, yet there’s no denying the intensity and complexity. Shows superb structure and length. Best from 2023 through 2046.

  • Olivier Bernstein Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru – 2016 – Vinous – 93-96 Points

    (Bernstein works with two strips of vines that extend from the bottom to the top of the cru on the Chambolle side, thus giving him both red and white soil influences): Healthy dark red with ruby suggestions. Reticent, pure aromas of musky raspberry,

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