Frederick Magnien Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2006


I tasted this Bonnes Mares last year at a Burgundy dinner. It is glorious. Right in the middle of its drinking window you don’t want to miss this wine.

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I tasted this wine last year at a Burgundy Dinner the whole dinner was a really treat and this was the star of the show. Bonnes Mares is a wine that is never subtle. When we were in Burgundy in 2016, one of the guys really identified with Bonnes Mares because he was not used to drinking so much elegant wine. One of the guests suggested it was like a Shiraz style. And compared to the previous wines it was a good call. Obviously it was not showing the flavours of Shiraz but the depth, darkness and weight. Lots of dark fruits, oak, mineral and big in the mouth. The intensity was a highlight. But there was complexity, this wine evolved and changed with each taste. I think this was the easiest wine to drink of the line up and could easily have been wine of the night.

To complement his father’s Domaine, Frederic Magnien has long term contracts with growers that gives him access to some amazing vineyards. He takes ripe and healthy grapes and does as little as possible so the fruit shines through.

Bonnes Mares

One of the Great Grand Cru wines. Known for its bold flavours, intensity and ability to age. Finding a mature bottle of Bonnes Mares is a real treat and one every Burgundy lover should indulge in at least once.


Sitting between Gevrey and the more delicate Chambolle both physically and stylistically there is often confusion about what makes Morey special. However it is home to some great producers and vineyards. A taste of a few will soon resolve confusion.


The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.

Pinot Noir

This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.

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