- Domaine Michel et Patrice Rion
- Bonnes Mares
- Pinot Noir
- Case size
Neal Martin, December 2013,
There is one new barrel of the domaine’s 2012 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru that comes from the family’s miniscule 0.06-hectare plot of vines planted in 1979. There was still a touch of reduction on my sample, but there was clearly plenty of luscious black fruit behind it: black currant and boysenberry. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannins, good substance and weight, although the character is masked by the new wood at the moment. This will deserve 5 or 6 years in bottle to really come round. It is broody, unusually so for a Bonnes-Mares, at the moment and I wonder whether it can actually surpass the fabulous Amoureuses?
Burghound, January 2014,
Very generous wood all but dominates the otherwise fresh red currant, earth, humus and underbrush suffused nose. As is usually the case at this address there is more size, weight and power to the large-scaled flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and fine depth on the impressively persistent finish. The wood is a long way from being completely absorbed though note that my projected range assumes that it will be in time. Drink 2023+
Domaine Michel et Patrice Rion
Perched between Morey-St-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny in the heart of the Cotes de Nuits this Grand Cru appellation can balance the best characteristics of both. Bonnes Mares wines combine fragrance and femininity with body and power. A seductive combination indeed.