2007 Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

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VF    BH 92-95   WA 94   IWC 92(+?)   JR 17.5+   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Burghound | Rating: 92-95

A wonderfully elegant, pure and high-toned nose that is quite floral with a pronounced citrus influence to the green apple and wet stone notes that continue onto the detailed and equally pure flavors that possess a cuts-like-a-knife linearity on the bone dry and palate staining finish. This is like sucking on pebbles and while the flavors are distinctly austere at present, the balance is impeccable and this should make for a first-rate vintage for this wine in time. Note however that patience will be required.

Drink Dates: 2015+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 35

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

De la Moriniere is always at pains to caution that his white "shuts down" for several years soon after bottling, but in that case I must have tasted his 2007 Corton-Charlemagne before that happened. Cooling herbal, restrained floral and bitter-sweet hints of black currant and citrus rind on the nose lead to a luscious tide of ripe yellow plum, white peach, lime, and grapefruit tinged with chalk, salt, and iodine. A silken texture in no way diminishes the impression of clarity and refreshment. Faintly honeyed and nut oil notes add a sense of richness and depth in a finish of utmost purity of refreshing fruit; clarity to mineral nuances; and vibratory energy. When one compares the 2006 side-by-side today, the latter does indeed show a more overt stoniness and - for all of its textural richness and additional amplitude -suffers slightly in comparison with such fresh fruit vivacity as accrues to the 2007. But either of these contrasting reflections of a great site should be well worth following for more than a decade.

Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 186

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

Pale yellow. Complex nose melds lemon, lime, apple, flowers, powdered stone and sexy fresh herbs. Silky on entry, then quite firm in the middle, with the crushed stone element initially dominating underlying fruit. With aeration, this showed a richer texture and emerging citrus fruit and floral qualities. There's a slightly saline quality here and a firm spine but the wine avoids coming off as hard or rough. Still, its classically dry finish, with flavors of pineapple and crushed stone, give it a youthful austerity. This was bottled in the spring of 2009, and I would not be surprised if it went into a shell in the next 6 to 12 months.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 146

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5+

Much milder and better mannered and calmer than the 2008 on the nose. Very juicy fruit and well mannered, well balanced on the mid palate with some quinine and a certain amount of elegance – not massive in build. But rather less exciting than the 2008. Perhaps this is just in a pre-blossoming stage? Neat. pH especially low at 3.005, TA nearly 8.

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/10/2013
Site Blog: mac_h

Rating: 96
Author: TCL
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/29/2012
Drink Dates: 2015+

Rating: 95
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/05/2013

Rating: 95
Author: Wingman
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 11/24/2013
Exceptional as it should be

Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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792 bottles owned by 130 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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