Deep red-ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of blueberry, roasted herbs, musky earth and chocolate; this could hardly be more different from the Amoureuses. Round, rich and sweet, with a fairly sizable structure for 2011. Plenty of depth here but the black fruit and chocolate flavors seem almost heavy following the Amoureuses. Finishes with dusty, broad tannins and excellent rising length. Became increasingly dense and sensual with aeration.
90-93 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (Jan/Feb 2013)
The 2011 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru is surprisingly reticent on the nose, perhaps suffering a little bottle shock. It is eventually possible to eke out pleasant raspberry, pomegranate and mineral notes, but they remain impossibly tightly-wound. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. It is more approachable than either the 2009 or 2010 (as would be expected) with a hint of salted licorice on the entry and attractive citric notes pushing the minerals forward on the finish. Drink 2015-2025.
91 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 208 - Aug 2013)
A strikingly well-layered nose of dark berry fruit, spice and earth gives way to very rich, round and again quite voluminous middle weight plus flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in muscular finish. In much the same fashion as the Chambolle 1er, there is enough acidity that presently sticks out somewhat and while it may integrate, my score will remain cautious until I have a chance to see the finished wine in bottle next year.
89-92 points, Allen Meadows' Burghound (Jan 2013)