Bonnes Mares 1993 R. Groffier
2/98. Acquired from New-York Oct-96 for $75.
Believe it or not, but this is my first 1993 (B) bottle! Oh, I have tasted a few '93s with
some growers in Burgundy a couple of years ago, but this is my first bottle. I rarely
drink Burgundies at five years of age, and certainly not such exalted Grand Cru as Bonnes
Mares. Why tonight? dunno, a kind of maso-curiosity? :)
I have only had one Bonnes Mares from Groffier in the past, the 1986. It was a truly
fantastic wine, by far the best I ever tasted from that ugly vintage.
COLOR: Full darkish [by (B) standards] red, very thin clearing towards the rim. The
label said "unfiltered" but there was no sediment at all in the bottle.
NOSE: Beautiful! Vibrant aroma of fresh cherries, very delicate and clean 'Bourgogne
Nose'. Some notes of vanilla that later on turned a bit nutty. The nose was extremely
enticing for an hour, then it became somewhat burly.
TASTE: As fantastic as the nose. Sweetish flavors of fresh red fruit, mouth-filling
pure winyness though on the elegant rather than the heavy side. Nice grip, very good
acidity and - surprise surprise - no harsh tannins at all. Though it feels young on
the palate of course, there is nothing "closed" or reserved here. A pleasure to
LENGTH: Medium long and multi-layered aftertaste for the first hour. Then some
bitterness crept in on the finish.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium weight, rich texture, plenty of breed. Pure, elegant,
delicate but well structured. Excellent balance, at least for the first hour.
OVERALL: Superb-plus! I was really surprised that this wine is so forward vibrant and
expressive now. Somehow I feel though this is not the kind of wine that will
mature and age gracefully for many years. Will probably reach its peak in 2-4 years.
MARK: 18.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.