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Community Tasting Notes (14) Avg Score: 92.3 points

  • Good but not great. Very approachable dark fruits, spice.

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  • Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind. Black fruit aromas with plenty of barnyard. Similar fruit on palate, modest spice, overall very forward. Slightly below expectations for a good producer's Bonnes Mares from a good vintage at this early stage.

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  • beautiful wine at this stage of it's development. Tasted alongside 02 Perrot Minot Clos Vougeot, and while the two had different characteristics, both were now in very good drinking stages and excellent wines. I think both wines will live another 20 years but the fruit will never be more primary with still being open than now.

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  • Meet the man - Nicolas Potel (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck @ Paragon): Alcohol :: 13.5%
    This too is displaying complex savory meatiness, but with more solid expression of mineral, iron, blood as well as darker fruits and floral profile. Still pretty tight and not as developed as the Beze, of course, this is a stronger vintage afterall. Medium - full bodied. Powerful yet it is so weightless and fresh, with no hard edge at all. Harmony, pure and refine. This has certain class in it which make this stood out. Again, tannin is firm but polished and ripe. There is some savory, salinity tailing at the complex, intensely long finished. Very promising. 93-94+

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  • 2010 Maison Roche de Bellene / Nicolas Potel Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): A very good Bonnes Mares. Also from magnum, this yielded a rather tight, very deeply-set nose, with masculine aromas of earth and meat and undergrowth wed to deep blueberry notes. The palate had a great deal of power and presense behind its cool dark berry fruit expressions, wed to a savoury, meaty, earthy depth - all this layered in a nicely integrated whole. The quality of the 2002 vintage really showed up in way all that depth and power was supported by really fine tannins and supple acidity, lending the wine a clear purity in spite of its textured, masculine feel - the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. However, Like so many 2002s from these tougher terroirs, one could not help but feel that there was still something rather tight and unyielding at its core - perhaps the only thing that prevented me from liking this wine even more. Something a few more years in the bottle will hopefully cure - it did seem to come a bit looser and strut its stuff a little more with time in the glass, with the finish unwinding in a nice melange of savoury, slightly herby notes with blueberries and sweet wilting flower notes. A very nice wine but, at least from a magnum, one that needs more time yet.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/14/2010, (See more on 93 points

    (Nicolas Potel Bonnes Mares) Dark cherry red color; roses, cherry, red berry, rosehips nose; a little tight, poised, a touch of brett, tart red fruit, tart cherry, cranberry, mineral palate with cut and precision; medium-plus finish

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