Robert Parker 95
The high point of Bouchard’s red portfolio this year is surely the 2018 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, a striking wine that unfurls in the glass with aromas of raspberries, cherries and wild blueberries mingled with suggestions of rose petals, grilled squab, incense and dark chocolate. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a multidimensional core, lively acids and a long, notably intense finish. This is a small cuvee, derived from an elongated, 25-are parcel, but it will be well worth the effort to seek out.
Naughty heavy bottle. Medium-deep colour. Rich, multi-layered nose of slate, clove, red fruit and spice that is beautifully integrated. That integration and finesse continues through the palate, with beautiful, elegant tannins. This is a triumph of how to handle intensity and structure without being stolid. Bravo! (TJ)
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2040