2016 Bonneau du Martray

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Bonneau du Martray is synonymous with Corton-Charlemagne so the recent acquisition of the estate by the American billionaire who owns Screaming Eagle in the Napa Valley was bound to make some waves. What also sent critics and collectors in a near panic was the decision of the estate to rent almost 3 hectares of vines to legendary Domaine de la Romanée-Conti - many were starting to question the direction the vineyard was going. Thibault Jacquet, the estate manager, was quick to assuage all fears by pointing out that the leasing agreement with DRC was on a parcel that was almost identical to a nearby one, thus ensuring that the wines produced would still be very much typical of Bonneau du Martray (this typicity is beautifully explained in the quote below).

The estate was blessed with perfect ripeness and exemplary sanitary conditions for its 2016 harvest, and this week we are pleased to be able to offer you the latest release of the Domaine, both in white and red. There is some limited availability depending on the format, so first in, best dressed. Enjoy!

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Bonneau du Martray’s Corton-Charlemagne is a difficult wine to describe. This is particularly true when it is young. It can take a decade before it will say something more than “Stony. Wait.” But even with age it does not bloom in the same manner as the Montrachets do. In a way, it tastes like theoretical astronomy: we know that black matter exists, we can sense it, but we have no manifest proof of it. It’s a very beautiful agony.
 - Becky Wasserman

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - $440 per bottle ;  $220 per HALF ; $890 per MAGNUM
100% Chardonnay
Pale yellow-green. High-pitched aromas of citrus peel, menthol, lavender and white pepper. Extremely tight without coming across as austere, conveying striking purity to its bracing flavors of grapefruit pith, lemon and crushed stone. Adamant minerality gives this very dense wine terrific inner-mouth tension and yet there's an element of leavening sweetness here as well, not to mention compelling floral perfume throughout. This wonderfully smooth, rich yet weightless wine really dances on the palate, spreading out on the unflagging back end to saturate every square millimeter of the mouth. Cellarmaster Emmanuel Hautus compared this wine to the 2009 in its combination of richness, early appeal and potential longevity. - 95 Points, Stephen Tanzer, www.vinous.com

“...there is both good density and punch to the intensely mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors that possess sneaky good length. This beauty is notably firm but not really austere and while it should age well over the mid-term, it should also be accessible after as little as 5 years.” - 92-94 Points, Allen Meadows, www.burghound.com

Le Corton Grand Cru - $440 per bottle
100% Pinot Noir
A pungent nose reflects notes of menthol, wood toasty and a type of reduction the Burgundians call bourgeon de cassis. The succulent, indeed juicy medium-bodied flavors possess a lovely texture and fine mid-palate concentration before culminating a minerally yet suave finish that delivers sneaky good length. If this can add more depth with a decade of bottle age it could well merit the upper end of my predicted range. - 91-93 Points, Allen Meadows, www.burghound.com

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