98 Point, 97 Points, 96 Points, incredible scores for an incredible Burgundy
They don’t give out 95+ point for Burgundy like the way they do for Cabernet, so for this
2014 Lucien Le Moine Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France to get such high praise is worth giving our attention to…
Lucien Le Moine was established in 1999, and immediately became the top 100 wineries in 04, 05, and 06 (Wine & Spirit magazine). They are super dynamite as they work with only the best from each Grand Cru and Premier Cru site, choosing the best 1~3 barrels and making only 300-900 bottles per Cru! The barrel is only selected if the wine is perfect, this new idea of making wines in Burgundy have turn the collector upside down and in love. Indeed, if you’ve tried his wine you will fall in love as well. The Bonne Mares is unfined and unfiltered, if you are thinking of enjoying this wine now please decant and give it lots of air, or this bottle can use a good 7-10 years in the cellar as it reaches maturity.
I’m fortunate to get a 12 bottle allocation to share with true Burgundy lovers, enjoy and live well!
98 Points Vinous
(I tasted samples from white soil on the north side of the appellation and from redder soil on the Chambolle side, then an approximation of the final blend): From white soil: Bright, dark red. Musky aromas of raspberry and crushed stone. Penetrating, sharply delineated flavors of red cherry, red raspberry and mint enlivened by pungent calcaire. The firm tannin of this extremely mineral wine reach the front teeth. From red soil: Good full red. Higher-toned aromas of limestone and clove oil. Leaner and tighter today than the sample from white soil, with strong acidity and thrust from the active limestone. Most impressive for its penetration and cut. An approximation of the final blend: Deep red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, spices and pepper show a faint medicinal quality. A real high-wire act in the mouth, delivering a rare combination of density and energy to its powerful raspberry, spice and mineral flavors. This taut, brilliantly delineated Bonnes-Mares stains the mouth with perfume on the very long, nobly tannic finish. A real essence of Burgundy
97 Points Wine Spectator, 96 Points Tim Atkins