1998 Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

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1998 Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne
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Reviews For This Wine


 
Burghound | 88

Big, rich and very dense fruit trimmed with honeyed notes and sweet, round, almost thick flavors that are delicious if not classic. This drinks more like a fine California chardonnay than a classic Corton-Charlemagne but if you like that style, this will appeal to you. Approachable now though better with another year or two of bottle age.

Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Archive

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Wine Advocate | 91

Unlike his colleagues in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, de la Moriniere did not have any frost or hail damage (and only traces of oidium) in 1998. However, the famed Corton hill, on which is located Corton-Charlemagne, was not spared nature's wrath. The searing sun and heat of August burnt a significant percentage of the grapes, so de la Moriniere was compelled "to sort like crazy". While he wishes he could have harvested earlier, my impression is that his 1998 Corton-Charlemagne benefitted from the extra hang time by gaining richness, breadth, opulence, and riper acidities. Its delightful tropical fruit (pineapple and passion fruit) and spiced apple aromas lead to its velvety-textured, medium-bodied personality. This is a harmonious 1998, without any of the angular acid and tart aspects that typify so many of this difficult vintage's efforts. Its long seamless finish, and dense, fruit-packed character are outstanding.

Drink Dates: 2002-2010
Author: Pierre Rovani
Issue: 128

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Wine Spectator | 93

Vibrant. Clean and lively, with lovely midpalate concentration, this medium- to full-bodied white Burgundy is straight as an arrow. Fabulous balance of subtle toasted oak and ripe fruit. An ager. 4,830 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2008
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Score: 89
Author: Kyungju
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 01/26/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne:

2012 (750ml)
2011 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)

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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