2008 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1062212 94 points Burghound

Outer quote mark There is a hint of exoticism to the cool and admirably pure citrus, pear and green apple suffused nose that is presently trimmed in a noticeable, if very slight, touch of reduction. 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 effort is still very much on the way up and will need another 5 to 7 years before it reaches its full apogee. Tasted twice recently with consistent notes. Inner quote mark (11/2013)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2011)

92 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. 92+ Inner quote mark (9/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. Best from 2013 through 2027. (BS) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 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. 17.5/20 Points (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2010)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the IMW 2008 tasting at Vintners Hall. The Corton-Charlemagne ’08 is quite reserved on the nose, good mineralite with hints of Kaffir lime, Granny Smiths and limestone. The palate is very well balanced, understated on the entry, but then there is a tsunami of flavours hitting the back-palate: minerals, orange rind, a touch of dried honey and a little spice that continues through the aftertaste. Great persistency and drive here. Excellent." (05/2011)

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