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2015 Bonneau Du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

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May 26, 2024 - $325


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95Vinous / IWC

Wonderfully rich, silky & mouthfilling but not at all heavy, showing considerable baby fat... with a powerful stony underpinning. Seriously rich, ageworthy wine... A star of the vintage... a very strong if fully ripe impression of terroir.

93The Wine Advocate

...nose of citrus zest, white flowers, tart pineapple and struck flint, framed by some spicy new oak. On the palate, this full-bodied wine reveals tension and definition that it seemed to miss in barrel, its glossy attack now backed by a nicely chalky structure and a deep, properly reserved core.

The relatively sleek and solidly concentrated middle weight plus flavors possess both fine volume and richness while exhibiting first-rate length on the stony, mildly austere, lemony and agreeably dry finale.


Bonneau Du Martray

Domaine Bonneau du Martray is in Pernand-Vergelesses, and It is the only estate in Burgundy that makes nothing but Grand Crus. It is now primarily owned by American businessman and sports industry magnate Stanley Kroenke, who also owns Screaming Eagle in Napa Valley. Though the estate has been making wine for centuries, it is only since the 1970s that it bottled its own wines. About 90 percent of the estate’s 27 acres is in Corton-Charlemagne, and Corton-Charlemagne is the domaine's most famous wine. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Bonneau’s Corton-Charlemagne “exquisite” and “age-worthy.” About 4,000 cases of Corton-Charlemagne are produced annually. Also produced are Aloxe-Corton, Le Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses. The estate is one of the most prestigious in the region and was a pioneer in biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy.


France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Aloxe-Corton, Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne is a historic appellation for Grand Cru Chardonnay in the Cote de Beaune of Burgundy. The 129-acre vineyard falls within the boundaries of three communes, Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix-Serrigny. According to Burgundian historians, the vineyard is named for Charlemagne, the 8th century ruler who conquered most of western Europe. Charlemagne enjoyed the red wine of Corton, but as he grew older his wife disliked the red wine stains in his white beard, so Charlemagne had white grapes planted in Corton. Today only Chardonnay is allowed to be planted in Corton-Charlemagne, and it is one of Burgundy's most celebrated appellations for Grand Cru white wine. The largest land owners are Louis Latour, with 24 acres; Bonneau du Martray, with 23 acres; and Bouchard Pere et Fils, 9.5 acres.


White Wine, Chardonnay, Grand Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.