($370; from a blend of 60% white and 40% red soil, says Mugnier) Bright, medium red. Perfumed nose of blueberry, mocha and crushed stone. Plush on entry, then wonderfully fresh in the middle and less plump than the Fuees, with terrific stony verve and mineral intensity to the crushed black fruit flavors. Very broad on the back end. This will rely more on its serious tannins than on its acids for longevity-and it will require at least 10 to 12 years of cellaring.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2009
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
Chateau de Chambolle's 2006 Bonnes Mares ' which I was unable to re-taste after bottling ' smells strikingly of boysenberry and blueberry, accompanied by bittersweet, high-toned herbal concentrates, black tea, crushed stone, and peat. In the mouth this is velvety yet displays invigoration of tart fruit skin, cardamom, white pepper, and mineral impingement, as well as uncanny lift, and its pure blue fruits are transparent to myriad finishing nuances. This shares with the corresponding 2005 its density, dark mystery, and stony mineral depth, but practically crackles with static electric energy and boasts mysteriously levitational length. I see no reason to defer the pleasure of its company, but at the same time this impeccably balanced and refined version of its cru should be worth following for at least 12-15 years.
Author: David Schildknecht
Burghound | Rating: 92
Here the nose actually quite resembles that of the Fu‚es though the fruit spectrum is slightly more deeply pitched and runs slightly more toward the bluer end with just the barest trace of herbal while sliding gracefully into powerful and impressively broad-scaled flavors that are rich, full, sweet and textured, underpinned by ample minerality on the focused, detailed and solidly long finish. Mugnier agreed with me that this vineyard appears to be hitting its stride as of late and while not quite as good as he would like to see, certainly better than it was only a few years ago.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 1st Quarter, 2009
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
NB vintage.Sappy savoury nose - more ethereal than many vintages of Mugnier Bonnes Mares. Juicy with good flesh and very firm tannins. A very polished wine that is fresher and racier than the 2007 Bonnes Mares. Just slightly earthbound on the finish though.