The 1998 Dujac Bonnes Mares in magnum was a beautiful wine, that really needs another decade (or two!) to bloom. The bouquet is a beautifully pure melange of black cherry, plum, a framing of new wood and just some very subtle hints of game and herb tones that are still largely incipient in this very youthful, primary wine. On the palate the wine is once again stunningly pure, with a rock solid core of ripe tannins and minerality, and typical volume and density of fruit. Very elegant, pure and refined.
Served alongside the CSD and just a notch below it imo. This wine showed dark fruits and typical stem, floral notes in the nose and palate. Very nice mid palate depth. Not as showy as this CSD at this stage.
Still a youthful color. Even though it had good concentration, the oak is quite heavy. The wine came off as a bit thin - not Bonnes Mares as I know it. Good complexity - but it could be Pinot from anywhere.
Dujac did so well in 98, my favorite being the CSD. This wine showed both red and dark fruits and typical stem, floral notes in the nose. Mineral and red fruits on the palate. Very nice mid palate depth and lift. Not as showy as this CSD at this stage however should develop well with several years in the cellar.
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