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Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2004

Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • RP97
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One of the most sought after wines in the world. The ultimate expression of Pinot Noir from one of the greatest vineyards in Burgundy. Given the price of DRC today, one could argue that this is a relative bargain (especially considering the price of the 2005 vintage). Miniscule production - limited.

"Intense and brooding, this red offers complexity and power, in an understated way. Blackberry, mineral and tobacco flavors meld with the lively structure and fine-grained tannins. Picks up a violet theme on the long finish. Even better than a previous bottle. Best from 2009 through 2025."
-Wine Spectator Collectible

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Georges Roumier

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Georges Roumier, , France - Other regions
Georges Roumier
From its beginnings all the way up to the present, Domaine Georges Roumier has maintained one of the best reputations in Burgundy. Their superb wines are also amazingly dependable and consistent in quality. Georges Roumier began the enterprise in 1924 and operated it until his retirement in 1961, when the estate was divided among his children. After his death in 1965, his son Jean-Marie ran the domaine and made the wines. Adopting his father's métier, Jean-Marie's son Christophe became a talented winemaker as well, and bought out his uncles in 1992.

In the vineyard, Christophe Roumier prefers a high vine age and rigorous pruning, resulting in small yields. In the winery, all aspects of the Roumier vinification are completely traditional: a very warm, 18 day maceration, use of 25% new wood barrels (with a slightly higher percentage for the Grands Crus), and egg white fining. Since 1988 the domaine has discontinued the practice of filtration, and the entire cellar has been air-conditioned, allowing a 4-5 day pre-fermentation maceration of grapes.

Domaine Georges Roumier is one of the finest sources of classic, long-lived red Burgundies, with wines that demonstrate fruit, spice, and balance, with substantial tannins. Simply put, Roumier wines are brilliantly made. They are rich, fragrant wines with characteristic aromas of cherries and berries, and often need 4-5 years to show their great depth and harmony. They are also very long-lived, lasting up to twenty years.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

SWS157808_2004 Item# 91046

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