At the start of Michel de Saint-Pierre s novel The Aristocrats, set in Burgundy, the incorrigible twins Osmond and Louis-César get their hands on a bottle of Bonnes Mares 1937 forgotten in the cellars of the family château. Secretly, greedily, they drink the subtle, fiery liquid straight from the bottle. Drunk in this way, or more conventionally, this Grand Cru always leads to unforgettable memories!
Harvest date: September 6th, 2011 (Fruit Day).
Yield: 32 hl/ha
55% of whole grapes, not crushed and vatted by gravitaty.
No yeast addition. Gravity vated.
Maceration: pre-fermentation, cold (12-15° C) during 5 days.
Length of maceration: 18 days.
Cap-punched once a day until mid-fermentation and light pumping-over until the end of maceration.
Pressing with the vertical press.
Length: 17 months
Type: in oak-barrels.
Percentage of new barrels: 60 %
Toasting: long and slow.
Source of wood: Tronçais, Cîteaux.
All barrels racked.
Light and soft filtration. No fining.
Mise en bouteille
February 6th, 2013. (Leaf day)
Limited to 2.616 bottles, 162 magnums, 5 jeroboams.