2000 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1003389 95 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 of 2003, Highly Recommended* Beautiful white Burgundy, incredibly ripe yet very pure and showing lovely mineral character. Some toasted oak, but mostly ripe pear, tropical and lime notes. Full-bodied, it sings on the palate to a long, long juicy and sweet finish. (PM)  (5/2003)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The finest wine I've ever tasted from this famed domaine, it reveals a rich nose of ripe pears, buttered hazelnuts, and minerals. Medium-bodied, lush, intense, and satin-textured, it has exceptional balance, refinement, and a stupendously long finish. While it is not the most powerful Corton-Charlemagne, it has superb focus, detail, and seamlessness. Toast, spices, pears, and ripe apples can be found throughout its complex character. If this wine continues to improve in the bottle as it did in the final months of elevage, it will be completely mind-boggling. (PR)  (4/2003)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The purity this demonstrated when young is still present as the nose remaing stunning with simply gorgeous and fine aromas of green apples, white flower and a hint of stone plus the resemblance to a great grand cru Chablis is still very much in evidence. The medium-bodied flavors offer a unique texture of refinement, finesse and ample amounts of the hallmark minerality are focused like a laser beam. There is exceptionally good harmony here as the balance is impeccable and overall, this is a stunner for terroir freaks as this is a reference standard example of classic Corton-Charlemagne. While this is approachable now with pleasure, I would personally cellar this for another 2 to 3 years first.  (7/2010)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (10/2003)

K&L Notes

This is one of the best Corton-Charlemagnes I have had from Bonneau du Martray, and that's saying a lot, because they are one of my favorite producers! Don't miss this beautifully integrated, very rich, very elegant Corton Charlemagne. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Corton

- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.