Bonnes Mares 2016 – Domaine Laurent Roumier

The Domaine Laurent Roumier has pedigree. The estate originates, as you would have guessed, from domaine Georges Roumier, the iconic Chambolle Musigny estate that dates back to1924.

Laurent is the cousin of Christophe Roumier, who runs the Georges Roumier estate and both are George’s grandchildren. Laurent worked with Christophe for several years before setting up his own estate in 1991. Laurent rents 4 ha from the Georges Roumier estate and has 6 ha of Hautes Côtes de Nuits.  His cellars are next door to George Roumier, rue de Vergy, which is also known as the “Roumier Road”.

The domaine is made up of the following vineyard holdings:

·         3 hectares of vines in the Bourgogne appellation (one in the Chambolle-Musigny appellation, the other in Gilly-les-Citeaux) much of this is sold off as grapes.
·         6 hectares in Bourgogne-Hautes-Côte-de-Nuits rouge planted 1970s to 2000 and 0.71 hectares of the same parcel in white
·         2 hectares of Chambolle-Musigny villages planted 1960s to 1990s
·         900m2 of Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru “Les Noirots”
·         650m2 of Cambolle-Musigny 1er cru “Les Groseille”
·         690m2 of Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru “Les Gruenchers”
·         4,120m2 of Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru “Les Charmes” planted early 1980s
·         3,620m2 of Bonnes-Mares planted 1938 (from the Georges Roumier estate)
·         8,550m2 of Clos-Vougeot – this wine comes from their vineyard in the highest part adjoining Grands Echezeaux and was replanted 1975 (from the Georges Roumier estate in 1997)

Stylistically similar to Christophe, however Laurent destems all bunches, so more immediately perfumed and accessible in youth while still having ample depth & structure to age classically. His Bonnes Mares plot is perfectly located in middle of the vineyard between the Georges de Vogue estate & Freddie Mugnier.

This 2016 Bonnes Mares has beautiful aromas of rose petal, finesse and yet deep and intense on palate. It is a truly stunning Grand cru of real breed that shows remarkable intensity and persistence balanced with finesse and restraint. This will age and evolve effortlessly for decades in a very cool cellar. This wine sits comfortably among the top Grand cru’s and shows how great the top Chambolle sites can be.

No more than 900 bottles or maximum 3 barrels produced in a good vintage.

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