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Red Burgundy - 2001 - Bonnes Mares - Dujac

  • Region: Red Burgundy
  • Producer: Dujac
  • Vintage: 2001
  • Rating: 93
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Tasting Notes

Bonnes Mares
Grand Cru Red 750 ml
Score: 93
Tasted: Jan 01, 2004
Drink: 2011-20+
Issue: 13
Producer note: Jacques Seysses commented that he believes 2001 is "a very good vintage" but cautioned that it can be variable because "it was very easy to extract color and the various dry extract components so undoubtedly some growers will have extracted too much tannin". Seysses also noted that sugars were good, essentially coming in between 12 and 12.5% with solid pHs and yields in the 45 hl/ha range for villages wines and about 40 hl/ha for the grands crus. The malos were deliberately delayed because slower malos allow for the use of less SO2. Overall, Seysses said that he much prefers 2001 to 2000. (Wilson-Daniels Ltd., St. Helena, California).
In Issue 5, I provided a bit of background regarding the small négociant operation that Jeremy Seysses directs. He noted that they had changed several of their grape sources but overall they are pleased with the progress they have made persuading growers to alter their viticultural approach in search of higher quality. Moreover, word of the small operation has spread and several other growers have called expressing interest in working with the Seysses so the range of appellations may grow in the future. The Fils et Père wines are made slightly differently than their Domaine counterparts as there is some destemming (between 0 and 50%) with slightly less new oak (50 to 60%). The quality of these wines is terrific but especially so given that they are from purchased grapes and all from villages level appellations.
Tasting note: Austere, backward and brooding nose of red and black fruit, crushed herbs and a touch of earth and leather with full, complex, driving, muscular and very powerful flavors that are more linear and direct in character than either the Clos de la Roche or the Echézeaux and possess outstanding persistence. This is solidly structured yet not hard but it will require every bit of a decade to begin drinking well and it should age gracefully for years. In a word, gorgeous.