Good deep red. Aromas of black raspberry, graphite, chocolate, cocoa powder and herbs, plus an earthy tobacco hint of Montecristo No. 2. A wine of great power and energy, just beginning to round into its adult form. Wonderfully savory flavors of dark raspberry and Cuban cigar tobacco, plus a suggestion of honey. Really glistens on the palate, showing an uncommonly suave texture and strong minerality. This wine is at the beginning of a long peak-drinking window; in fact, my sample seemed still to want to tighten up in the bottle. This still-youthful wine finishes with terrific savory grip. I should note that Roumier actually prefers his 1999 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses to this wine!
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2037
Robert Parker 92-94
The medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Bonnes Mares has a rose and black cherry-scented nose. Medium to full-bodied, rich, broad, and expansive, this is a firm, muscular, masculine wine. Its flavor profile, composed of blackberries, assorted flowers, jammy blueberries, and candied cherries, is silky-textured and leads to a long, black pepper-filled finish.
Extremely deep, purplish crimson. Thick, youthful, concentrated fruit but for the moment extremely unevolved. Broad, ripe but unformed. All packed in there but this needs a lot of time.
Anticipated maturity: 2007-2016