1996 Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Corton | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay
1996 Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne

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Burghound | 89

Clean and bright, mineral-laden fruit aromas that are now displaying a trace of secondary aromas followed by medium, pure and intense medium weight flavors supported by solid acidity and fine length. This is still firm but no longer really tight with good Corton-Charlemagne typicity though the finish remains linear and a bit narrow just now. I would be inclined to wait another few years though it could be drunk now with pleasure.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 24

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Wine Advocate | 93

How can something be so big and yet so elegant? The nose offers and incredible range of tropical fruit, mineral, toast and exotic spice aromas with discernable notes of pineapple pastry, chalk, praline and honey. The palate is big, rich and buttery with a wonderful silky texture and a fresh burst of balancing acidity. Very long fruit-and-nut finish. Still plenty of life left in this '96

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue: 1108

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Wine Spectator | 95

A prototypical '96. Racy, full-bodied, intensely stony and citrusy, it offers ripe yet delicate aromas and flavors of pear, pineapple, wet stone, mineral and toasted oak. Delicious as it swirls in the palate, then kicks in with vengence on the citrus-smacking finish. The best part: not overdone in the oak department.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/02/2010
Drink Dates: 2003-2008
More Vintages and Sizes of Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne:

2011 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
1991 (375ml)

About This Producer


With vineyards donated by Emperor Charlemagne himself on the most desirable stretch of the Corton hill, Domain Bonneau Du Martray remains the largest single holding of the Charlemagne climate. It is the one and only domaine in Burgundy to produce exclusively Grand Cru wines and one of the finest white wine producers in the Cote D'Or. The estate's ownership has only changed hands three times since 775 with the current proprietor, Jean-Charles le Bault de la Monriere, taking over for his father in 1994.

The unique feature of the 9.5-hectare contiguous block of land is the orientation of the vines. Facing west and southwest at their altitude, the growing season is longer, which lends the wines greater complexity. As well as crafting perhaps Burgundy's most majestic Corton-Charlemagne, Bonneau Du Martray also produces a small amount of Grand Cru red Corton.

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