Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018 French White Burgundy Wine 750 mL

$419.99

94 rating Wine Advocate January 2021 “Revisited from bottle, the 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has turned out very well indeed, unwinding in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, fresh bread, orange oil and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, layered and elegantly satiny, it’s deep and saline, concluding with fine grip on the finish. In this charming, demonstrative vintage, Bonneau du Martray has succeeded in producing a serious, age-worthy wine.” -William Kelley

Domaine Bonneau du Martray goes from strength to strength, and this was another impressive tasting with cellar master Emmanuel Hautus. As I wrote last year, the domaine’s extensive holdings, when vinified parcel by parcel, give Hautus and his team a broad palette of blending components to choose from, a rare luxury in Burgundy and one that they appear to be exploiting to the fullest. At the press, Hautus told me that he tries to be more adaptive to the year, with foulage and press cycles tailored to each crop, rather than proceeding by default. Revisited in bottle, the 2018 Corton-Charlemagne showed brilliantly, and the 2019 is sure to surpass it. As a great admirer of the wonderful wines this domaine produced in the past, all this is very gratifying.

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Description

Domaine Bonneau du Martray is recognized as one of the world’s great wine estates and a reference point for its appellation. It is the sole estate in Burgundy to produce only Grand Cru wines with the further advantage of holding the single largest contiguous parcel in Corton-Charlemagne. The current winemaker and proprietor, Jean-Charles le Bault de la Moriniere whose family is only the third set of owners in over twelve centuries, calls his wine the product of light rather than heat .

The vineyard’s unique west and south west aspect significantly increases the exposure of light on the vines, without running the risk of excessive heat. The estate’s 11.09 hectare holdings, the largest in the appellation, are in contiguous parcels in the heart of the Charlemagne ‘climat’ – 6.57 hectares within commune of Aloxe-Corton and 4.52 in Pernand-Vergelesses. There are 15 parcels totaling 9.5 hectares of Chardonnay which produce Corton-Charlemagne and a single parcel of 1.5 hectares of Pinot Noir from which small quantities of Corton Rouge are made.

Each parcel is vinified separately and offers unique qualities to the final assemblage. The soils range from limestone, marl and clay on the upper slope, imparting a floral elegance to the wines, to limestone with iron topsoil below which lend body and ripeness. For many, Domaine Bonneau du Martray is Corton-Charlemagne – one of the very greatest of all Grand Cru white Burgundies, synonymous with a style that combines elegant reserve with remarkable balance, concentration and purity.

Additional information

Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 17 in