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Bonnes Mares, Louis Jadot 2002

Grape VarietyPinot Noir

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Tasting Notes

Always one of Jadot's best wines and the '02 is no exception with a deft touch of oak highlighting the remarkably elegant, intense, rich and forward red and black fruit nose that is decidedly less austere than usual merging seamlessly into full-bodied, robust, well structured flavors that feature impressive depth and this finishes with absolutely knockout length. There is a subtle touch of oak on the finish but the underlying material is so good that it shouldn't be an issue with a few more years of bottle age. In short, this is extremely impressive but will require ample patience.

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (14), April 2004

Bright red-ruby color. Superripe aromas of black raspberry, flowers, menthol and marzipan. Sweet, lush, velvety and seamless, with a captivating flavor of cocoa powder. With extended aeration, this wonderfully creamy wine showed perfumed flavors of maraschino cherry and clove and communicated a strong impression of Bonnes-Mares soil. Three-dimensional, suave and very long on the gripping aftertaste.

Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, March 2005
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (113), April 2004

Armed with huge quantities of fruit and perfectly ripened tannin, the medium to full-bodied 2002 Bonnes Mares explodes from the glass with stunning aromas of candied blueberries, rocks, and red cherries. This massive, broad, enormously rich wine could ultimately, like the Chapelle and Clos de Beze, earn a perfect score. Its velvety waves of sensual red and black fruits are interspersed with nuanced notes of spices, mocha, flowers, and minerals. While enormously powerful and ripe, it magically retains its freshness and sports an ethereal quality that is difficult to put into words. It is a tour de force in winemaking! Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020+.

Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004
Per-Henrik Mansson, Wine Spectator (May31st 04), May 2004

Good dark crimson. Sweet and juicy already with lots of fruit and impressive purity of flavour. Dry, chewy essence. Very impressive with masses of tannin only at the end . Pure, finely etched. An excellent mouthful. I was too late for the Clos de B├Ęze but the fact that it had been drained bodes well presumably. (cask sample)

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2004
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