Domaine Bonneau du Martray, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1999

From a single large parcel in the heart of the original Charlemagne vineyards of Corton. Separate fermentation of each vineyard block. A year in barrel with late summer malolactic. Full six months on the fine lees in tank.

September 2023

Yellow-gold. The nose is a marshalling of its forces. Concentrated and sappy with glycerol in the air, it leads on vanilla, hazelnut, and peaches. Provocations of orange peel and confit fruit emerge, ginger, tobacco smoke, fundamental notes, with a certain rigor to its architecture. There’s enough delicate and terroir moments but make no mistake this a big wine. Its substance serves it well on the close. Now – 2030.

June 2014

Fifteen years on.

Lemon yellow with gilded hints.  Sunlit with a granitic determination underneath. Yellow peach, nut-skin and mother rock. It is so densely crammed with ripe, enveloped fruit it gives off the impression of sucrosité.  Quivering with nervosité, fibrous in its matière, with a near-tannic side, as if this Martray was carved from old-growth forest. Really packed in, has a stirring length. A keeper for the cellar.  Now – 2025+.

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