1996 Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

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WS 95   WA 93   BH 89   Collector 
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 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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Wine Advocate | Rating: 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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Burghound | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 08/02/2010
Drink Dates: 2003-2008

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

663 bottles owned by 108 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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