2002 Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

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WS 94   BH 93   WA 92   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Shows fine density, even a slight astringency. Ripe apple and peach flavors are rich and persistent, with vanilla and mineral notes emerging on the finish. The long, expansive finish reveals its potential.

Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Burghound | Rating: 93

(bottled in April, 2004) Brilliant and ultra fine aromas of green apples and limestone lead to almost Chablis-like intensity and razor-sharp, incredibly delineated, chiseled flavors that offer superb texture and an almost chewy finish. This is quite different from many examples of 2002 Corton-Charlemagne as this more of a world class gymnast than a weight lifter as it's sleek, silky and taut plus the delineation is like a hot knife through butter. In short, this is reference standard Corton-Charlemagne and highly recommended.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Issue: Issue 19

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The 2002 Corton-Charlemagne, revisited from bottle, sports a spicy, apple-scented nose and a long, light to medium-bodied personality. Well-focused and revealing a deep minerality, spice-laced pears, and white pepper, this elegant wine is complex, seamless, and possesses a beautifully extended finish.

Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Author: Pierre Rovani
Issue: 158

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: toonus
Tasted On: 04/05/2010

Rating: 94
Author: Ricknat1
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/23/2010
Drink Dates: 2010+
Best Corton I have had yet. Got better over time. Seem to come into its own after 45 minutes but really blossom in an hour and a half. It has the cut and precision of a great Chablis, but a richness, blended with a soft minerality that is truly elegant. This is really powerful with a finish that won't end. Very structured, with green apple and honeysuckle. Wow!

Rating: 93
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/25/2012

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1275 bottles owned by 265 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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