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Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (2000) Domaine de la Vougeraie

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Very attractive deep ruby-red colour, brilliant with violet reflections. Nose very complex, at first mineral, almost smokey, then evolving into floral notes of great purity. The attack is sumptuous, mouth-filling and concentrated. The tannins are evident but not at all astringent. Finely textured, never cumbersome on the palate. Its exceptional freshness makes one want to re-taste immediately. Immensely long.

Fewer than 2000 bottles made!

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£225.00 VAT incl.

    TypeRed, Organic
    Vintage2000
    When to DrinkNow until 2025
    ProducerDomaine de la Vougeraie
    RegionBurgundy
    AppellationBonnes Mares Grand Cru
    GrapesPinot Noir
    PairingChicken or Game Bird dishes
    ABV13%
    Volume75cl (Full Bottle)

    HISTORY

    The name of Bonnes Mares remains a puzzle. Is it a reminder of mother goddesses? An antique bas-relief illustrating this divine threesome, protecting motherhood, life and earthly fruit, was purportedly discovered on the site but is now lost. The idea sounds implausible, no better than the suggestion that it is a corruption of “bonnes mères”, good mothers. What is certain is that the vineyard was created by the Bernardine Sisters of Notre-Dame de Tart (between Dijon and Saint-Jean-de-Losne), the main female branch of the order, closely linked with Cîteaux. Founded in 1125, this abbey planted several vineyards in the 1140s, in particular the Clos de Tart and Bonnes Mares at Morey-Saint-Denis. The congregation moved to Dijon in 1623, but retained its vines until the Revolution in 1789. It seems more likely that the name comes from the old French and Burgundian word marer (to cultivate). The Bonnes Mares, then, are well-maintained vines, lovingly cared for. They are certainly worth the effort! Les Bonnes Mares has never been a monopole enclosure, simply a jointly-held climat. Until the Revolution, the owners were mostly religious communities, noble and bourgeois families who left their mark on history, many of which have streets named after them in Dijon.

    VINES

    Geographic situation: The appellation sits astride the border between Morey-Saint-Denis and ChambolleMusigny. Our vineyard is located in an old quarry on the larger side, in Chambolle-Musigny, close to the border between the two villages’ land, where the influences of the terroir are balanced against the sheen of Pinot Noir. Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir. Soil and subsoil: Pure silt with a very low rough sand equivalent. Fairly pebbly, very calcareous. GEST* compost. Planting density: 11,111 vines/ha. Geographic situation: A unique micro-climate as the parcel is partly sheltered by rock from the old quarry. Exposure: East-facing. Plantings: 1901-02, 1915-16, 1980-81, 1988-89, 1991-92, 1997-98. Pest management: 1992. Organic agriculture: 1998. Received official approval in 2000. Training style: Guyot. Current changes: Planting fruit trees (almond, vine peach) around the vineyards. * Groupement d’Étude et de Suivi des Terroirs

    HARVEST

    Harvest date: September 15th, 2000. Healthy crop. Selection: In the vineyard and on arrival in the winery.

    VINIFICATION

    Harvest de-stemmed, not crushed. No yeast or enzyme addition. Maceration: Pre-fermentation, cold. Length of maceration: 20 days. Pigeage: Crust broken twice a day.

    AGEING

    Length: 18 months. Type: In barrels. Percentage of new barrels: 40%. Toasting: Long and gentle heat, without charring. Source of wood: Bertranges forest, Nevers. Racking: whole cuvée racked once. No fining, no filtration, but enzyme addition during the Summer of 2001.

    BOTTLING

    February 26th, 2002. Limited to 1,990 bottles, 24 magnums, 3 jeroboams and 2 reoboams.

    Tasting notes by Chritophe Gremeau, Sommelier in Beaune.

    Very attractive deep ruby-red colour, brilliant with violet reflections. Nose very complex, at first mineral, almost smokey, then evolving into floral notes of great purity. The attack is sumptuous, mouth-filling and concentrated. The tannins are evident but not at all astringent. Finely textured, never cumbersome on the palate. Its exceptional freshness makes one want to re-taste immediately. Immensely long.

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    Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (2000) Domaine de la Vougeraie

    Very attractive deep ruby-red colour, brilliant with violet reflections. Nose very complex, at first mineral, almost smokey, then evolving into floral notes of great purity. The attack is sumptuous, mouth-filling and concentrated. The tannins are evident but not at all astringent. Finely textured, never cumbersome on the palate. Its exceptional freshness makes one want to re-taste immediately. Immensely long.

    Fewer than 2000 bottles made!

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