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guy castagnier 1996 bonnes-mares


About 10 years ago I filled my boots with 1996 GCs from this domaine – all of which cost me a little over 60 Swiss francs per bottle – in those days that was about £23, at today’s exchange rate it would be £39 – anyway, occasionally one comes out for a test…

1996 Guy Castagnier, Bonnes-Mares
Medium, medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose is quite mineral, edged with macerating dark fruits and the faintest hint of brett – at this level it’s quite nice. There is still a velvet texture to the (now) medium tannins, and despite its age there is still more than enough fruit extract to balance the acid-led mid-palate flavour fireworks. It’s an impressive burst of power that leads you, mouth watering, into a very good finish. Perhaps there’s another 4 or 5 years left for absolute maturity, but this is very drinkable today, very drinkable…
Rebuy – Yes

2 responses to “guy castagnier 1996 bonnes-mares”

  1. Mark Dignam

    The 2000 Castagnier Bonnes Mares is drinking very well now and even the 2001 is starting to show well. I really like this vineyard.

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