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Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1996) Bonneau du Martray

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How can something be so big and yet so elegant? The nose offers and incredible range of tropical fruit, mineral, toast and exotic spice aromas with discernable notes of pineapple pastry, chalk, praline and honey. The palate is big, rich and buttery with a wonderful silky texture and a fresh burst of balancing acidity that tends the wine, avoiding any heaviness in view of its amplitude. The balance carries the wine to an intense finish with a dominant honey note that prolongs the pleasure.

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    TypeWhite
    Vintage1996
    When to DrinkNow to 2026
    ProducerDomaine Bonneau du Martray
    RegionCôte de Beaune
    AppellationCorton-Charlemagne
    GrapesChardonnay
    ABV13%
    Volume75cl (Full Bottle)

    The original Bonneau property covered 24 hectares though half was sold by one branch of the family and a little more has disappeared since. In Jean le Bault’s time there was a significant proportion of red Corton but much of this has been grubbed up since and replanted with Chardonnay. Today the domaine covers 11.09 hectares, all in one continuous holding located on the Pernand side of the great Corton hill, of which 9.50 hectares are Corton-Charlemagne and the remainder Corton. Yields are severely restricted and in the cuverie as many as 16 different parcels of grapes are vinified separately in order for their respective "terroirs" to be reflected in the wine. The reds have hugely improved under Jean-Charles le Bault’s stewardship, though the site in Le Charlemagne is clearly worthier of grand cru status for white wine rather than red.

    Indeed the fame of the domaine rests on its magnificent Corton-Charlemagne, holding centre stage on the slope above the road leading from Aloxe-Corton to Pernand-Vergelesses, straddling the border between En Charlemagne and Le Charlemagne. A huge amount of research has gone into studying the soil throughout the domaine’s holding, and after much reflection biodynamic principles are now being employed in the farming.

    Fermentation begins in stainless steel and finishes in casks to which it is transferred 5-6 days later. They are matured in oak barrels (33% new) for 12 months and the separate cuvées are then assembled in stainless steel before being returned to cask for another 6 months prior to being bottled.

    It is a fabulous wine that possesses mouth-watering aromas of almond and hazelnut creams. On the palate, this hugely ripe offering exhibits loads of minerals, nuts, honeyed lemons, butterscotch, and pears. It is medium-to-full-bodied, extremely rich (yet fresh and lively), as well as awesome length.

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    Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1996) Bonneau du Martray

    Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1996) Bonneau du Martray

    How can something be so big and yet so elegant? The nose offers and incredible range of tropical fruit, mineral, toast and exotic spice aromas with discernable notes of pineapple pastry, chalk, praline and honey. The palate is big, rich and buttery with a wonderful silky texture and a fresh burst of balancing acidity that tends the wine, avoiding any heaviness in view of its amplitude. The balance carries the wine to an intense finish with a dominant honey note that prolongs the pleasure.

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