Bonnes-Mares is a wine of paradox. The Cote de Nuits area has two faces - it faces east, with a part of it is facing a bit north, and a part a bit south. The border between north and south is the border between Morey-St-Denis and Chambolle Musigny. Here sits Bonnes-Mares, on both sides, and exposed both to the north and south . There is also an important difference in limestone within the Bonnes-Mares vineyard, with some white and some brown limestone. Mounir thinks of Bonnes-Mares as the ambassador of all the Cote d'Or - taste 15 wines from the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits, and when you come to Bonnes-Mares it will have all the fruit, tannin, sweetness, and spice of the wines you just tasted. Because of its multi-dimensional power and beauty, Bonnes-Mares has become one of if not the signature wine from Lucien Le Moine.
Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru is initially a moody bastard. But it opens gloriously with black cherries, blueberry and violet scents that are beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with firm ripe tannins. It is quite masculine and austere (especially for a Bonnes-Mares) with a closed but compelling finish. I suggest giving this serious decanting 3-5 hours before serving.