TN: Trump BdB, Chardonnay, Piedmont and Burgundy (The Grill Room at Rosewood DC): Very youthful nose displaying mostly black fruit with a hint of red. Blackberry, black cherry, a hint of stem and earth. Excellent concentration, beautifully layered fruits, silky and polished, perfect amount of acidity and mineral and lovely long clean finish. Still very youthful and need time. Very concentrated style of Bonne Mares.
The nose is ethereal- think softly rising on a fresh breeze and wafting to wherever. It took forever to even sip the wine because to nose was so fine. I almost did not want to intrude on the experience with some thing as pedestrian as food. We doubled decanted this wine 4 hours before we drank it. A wonderful experience. ( My rating may be higher than others might give it based on my limited experience with wines of this pedigree- that may be- but in the pure world of wine experience I can only hope to be fortunate enough to have many many more like this!)
2005 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, Suduirat, Madeira's (John V.'s): Sometimes it is too easy to dis Jadot. Negociant, the big kid on the block, etc. But they make some great wines and this was one. Ruby in color, purple at the core. The nose is tight to start. The some sadalwood followed by black raspberries and bluberries which I found odd. With air, more dark cherry fruit comes out. Also a bit of menthol. This is a complex wine that kept unwinding layers in the glass. Lots of black cherries and more blueberries on the palate along with a nice minerality. Long finish. A very big wine that has plenty of upside. The groups WOTN.
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