Medium red. Reticent but nuanced nose hints at strawberry, flint, menthol, brown spices and smoky herbs. Then lush, smooth and seamless in the mouth; quite dry and youthfully closed today but with terrific volume without weight. Really spreads out on the palate and vibrates on the aromatic aftertaste. This one will need at least three or four years of bottle aging.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97
The 2009 Bonnes Mares is a dense, powerful wine imbued with massive structure and dazzling finesse. This is one of the more imposing, inward wines of the vintage, and it will require serious patience. That notwithstanding, the wine's balance and sense of harmony are impossible to miss. Clair's Bonnes Mares is made from a portion of the vineyard on the Morey border, right next to Clos de Tart. The fruit was harvested on September 17, on the late side in 2009.