2008 Bonneau du Martray - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

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BH 95   WA 94   IWC 92+   WS 92   JR 17.5   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Burghound | Rating: 95

There is a hint of exoticism to the citrus, pear and white peach suffused nose that is presently trimmed in a noticeable, if very slight, touch of sulfur. The rich and extremely fresh middle weight plus flavors possess an impressive amount of dry extract as well as ample mineral influence on the austere and ultra-pure finish that seems to go on and on. This powerful and impeccably well balanced but presently closed effort should live for many years though it will probably come to its peak 10 to 12 years from now. In a word, fabulous.

Drink Dates: 2018+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 43

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2008 Corton-Charlemagne comes across as super-classic in its chiseled fruit. Today the 2008 is holding back much of its potential, but there is plenty of energy and vitality in its focused, wiry frame. Lemon peel, lime and flowers are some of the notes that linger on the finish. Ideally the 2008 needs another year or two in bottle (and perhaps more) to show the full breadth of its personality.

Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Author: Antonio Galloni


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92+

Very pale yellow-green color. Nose dominated by lime, crushed stone and steely minerality. Densely packed and almost painfully dry, with taut, penetrating citrus and mineral flavors showing more energy than flesh today. This ungiving grand cru has plenty of depth and flavor intensity but is an infant today. The stony, austere finish is like touching a live wire. This seems every bit as steely as the estate's 2007 at the same stage but denser; in fact, this may be even more closed. (A Becky Wasserman selection; imported by Martin-Scott Wines Ltd., Lake Success, NY and Chambers & Chambers, San Francisco, CA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 152

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Offering a nice mix of citrus and mineral, with a hint of oak, this is subtle and nuanced, with white peach, lemon and floral flavors. A luminous white. 3,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2013-2027
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Bottled April 2010. Solid. This has pulled up the drawbridge all right. Firm and dry and closed down. Quite painful acidity. Very dry finish. Marked acidity. Just tart mass for the moment. But the acidity and mass suggest that it may eventually open out into something pretty interesting and certainly lively. But all suggests this should be left alone for many years.

Drink Dates: 2017-2027
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/18/2011
A first class corton charlemagne. Crisp and clean with good fruit and mineral.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

270 bottles owned by 48 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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