- Region: Red Burgundy
- Producer: Dujac
- Vintage: 2010
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Grand Cru Red 750 ml
Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
Producer note: Jeremy Seysses described the 2010 vintage as a "vintage of very small production. We had a poor fruit set that was complicated by the winter frost. We had some parcels that were especially hard hit, in particular in our Morey villages parcels where we lost 50% in red and fully 90% in white. There was a very high incidence of shot berries which of course further reduced yields. On the plus side, the small crop definitely saved the harvest in my view because without it we would almost certainly have had other problems and not just an absence of phenolic maturity but also a higher frequency of rot due to the more tightly packed bunches. As it was we had moderate sorting for botrytis and for under ripe berries. What remained though was of excellent quality and as such we vinified with a very high proportion of stems, which I would estimate at about 90% overall but that of course means that a number of wines had fully 100%. As to the wines, I very much like them as they have real freshness and a highly appealing sense of energy. They're ripe, transparent, balanced and there really isn't anything to complain about! For me, 2008 resembles 1993 and 2010 is similar to 2002." As to the now in-bottle 2009s, they have fully justified the considerable confidence I placed in them at this time last year and as the scores and commentaries suggest, they are in fact brilliant wines. (The Sorting Table, www.thesortingtable.com, Napa, CA (excludes CA and HI) and Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA (CA and HI); O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK, Berry Bros & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, UK and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com , UK).
Tasting note: A perfumed and ultra-elegant nose that is discreet, pure and very cool gives rise to restrained notes of essence of red pinot fruit, rose petals, lavender, violet, stone and earth. There is outstanding richness and drive to the powerful and seriously intense broad-shouldered flavors that possess superb mid-palate density as there is an impressive abundance of dry extract, all wrapped in a linear and massively persistent and wonderfully refined finish. Despite all the size, weight and taut muscularity, the supporting tannins are actually on the refined side and the 2010 Bonnes Mares will very likely go down as one of the more distinguished vintages for this highly storied wine. Note though that like all of the Dujac 2010s, this will require significant cellar time.