Bonnes Mares 1983 G. Roumier
6/95. Bought in auction for $100 Feb-95 (Imported from Chicago for $110 net).
One of the best Grand Crus that takes many years to open up, from one of the
best sources in the Cote de Nuits.
Opened this evening for dinner to cheer ourselves up, as there seem to be some
problems with the contractor of our new apartment...
The bottle had a faint stain along one side of the label. When we opened the
bottle, the inside of the cork was also stained exactly on the same side where
the label was stained. I was concerned! But when we let the bottle breathe for
a while and then poured into the glasses, there was nothing wrong - only good
things came out.
Let me say from the start: One of the best (B) I ever had!
COLOR: Medium-deep red with slightly brownish hues, a little paling towards
the rim, but all in all very good color.
NOSE: "Ah...", "Wow..." and similar noises accompanied each sniff. A stranger
won't understand that, but if you remember the smell of the best (B) you had -
this one is similar. A subdued, but very discernible forest fruit,
surrounded by the most enticing 'Bourgogne Nose' one can imagine. The scent
was so vigorous and powerful, that we were afraid the taste won't be able to
match the expectations.
TASTE: Perfection! An amazing mixtures of tastes. First, the sweetness of a
mature Grand Cru. Then the sensation of fully integrated and opened wine. Then
the surprise at the vigor and youthfulness of this wine. Such a delicious
nectar makes one wonder how much better can it get...
LENGTH: The aftertaste plays extremely long and wonderful 'tap-dance' with
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Very soft and silky, but full bodied. Nothing 'fragile'
about this wine. I'd say an outer layer of delicacy covering a sturdy backbone
core. The keyword for this extraordinary wine is balance! Fully mature yet
full of life. Concentrated and full bodied yet soft and silky. Totally opened
and integrated, yet one feels the excellent balance between the good acidity,
alcohol, and the soft tannins that still abound. There is no doubt this wine
has some more years to go. Another proof (if one was needed) that 12-13 years
from the vintage is the earliest one should touch a good Bonnes Mares.
OVERALL: Really and truly an extraordinary wine! Cannot think of anything more
one might wish for in a bottle of wine. This wine is not cheap, but let it be
clear that it could easily be two or three times more expensive. If either
Bonnes Mares or 1983 would be more 'fashionable' in the U.S. its price could
easily reach the $200-$300 range. As it is I recommend this wine
wholeheartedly, if you can find it. I am really glad I have three more bottles.
MARK: 19+/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.