- Domaine Bonneau du Martray
- 2020 - 2030
- Case size
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, matured in 30% new oak, has moderate intensity on the nose, scents of citrus peel, beeswax and honeysuckle, a hint of jasmine. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh lime, green apple, a dab of spice that hits the back palate and lingers on the aftertaste. Moderate length. It just misses the sustain toward the finish and hurries out of the exit a little swiftly. The irony is that as I mentioned in my introduction, some of the single-parcel barrel samples I was permitted to taste were in fact better than the blend, simply because they sang more of what Corton-Charlemagne ought to be. It is not a bad Corton-Charlemagne and yet it left me wanting more. Drink 2020-2030
Burghound, June 2018,
A pungent nose combines notes of wood and reduction. Otherwise there is both good density and punch to the intensely mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors that possess sneaky good length. This beauty is notably firm but not really austere and while it should age well over the mid-term, it should also be accessible after as little as 5 years. Drink: 2024+
Decanter, January 2018,
The Corton-Charlemagne is quite an ample, large-scaled wine this year, with a bouquet of confit citrus, green apple, white flowers and pineapple, framed by creamy oak vanillin. There is nice grip on the deep, full-bodied palate. There are parallels with the 2009, though the 2015 seems to be a touch more powerful and concentrated at this early stage. Drink 2018-2030
Tim Atkin, January 2018,
Anyone who feared that the change of ownership would result in a corresponding change of style - or a drop in standards - will be heartened by the high quality of this latest release. Fermented in one-third new oak, it’s true to the domaine’s rent style, with that winning combination of power and focus. Spicy, pithy and refreshing, with understated oak and a chiselled, mineral-edged finish. 2021-28
Domaine Bonneau du Martray
As legend goes, Charlemagne, king of the Franks, ordered Chardonnay planted in the vineyard of Corton during his reign in the 8th century so as he would not stain his light-coloured beard during moments of great thirst. Whether this is mere romantic fallacy, what cannot be denied is the exceptional quality of this appellation, particularly the wines from Bonneau du Martray. Domaine Bonneau du Martray planted its noble roots shortly after the French Revolution when vineyard land was swooped up from the church and resold to often wealthy bourgeoisies. Over the years, bits and pieces were chiselled off due to family divisions to what remains of the estate today - 11 hectares. Despite its losses, it remains the largest vineyard holder in Le Corton climat (9.5 ha) and is the only domaine besides Domaine de la Romanée Conti that produces exclusively grands crus. Since 1994, the domaine has been managed by Comte Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière, the great nephew to René Bonneau du Martray. Though the family owns a small amount of Corton (which is treated as the spoiled baby of the family), their Corton Charlemagne is the wine for which they are celebrated. Regal and powerful, it is a wine which conquers the palate and is without a doubt, one of the finest white Burgundies produced in the Côte d'Or.
As legend goes, Charlemagne, king of the Franks, ordered Chardonnay planted in the vineyard of Corton during his reign in the 8th century so as he would not stain his light-coloured beard during moments of great thirst. This may be mere romantic fallacy, but what cannot be denied is the exceptional quality of this Grand Cru appellation in Aloxe Corton in the Cote de Beaune.