White Burgundy

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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Pricesort descending Note Rating
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2016 Corton Charlemagne 2 Case 6 75cl £950
  • Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    2016
    Corton-Charlemagne
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 71
    Note: 40% from En Charlemagne and 60% from Le Charlemagne
    Producer note: As most readers will now have heard, the historic domaine of Bonneau du Martray has been sold to American billionaire Stan Kroenke, owner of Screaming Eagle along with pinot producers Jonata and The Hilt. All of Kroenke's wine properties are managed by Frenchman Armand de Maigret who is based in Napa and was there at the time of my visit. The cellarmaster noted that the frost cost <50% of a normal year's volume. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France is the US Agent; Martin Scott Wines (NY, NJ, CT), www.martinscottwines.com, Lake Success, NY, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants (CA, HI), www.chamberswines.com, CA, Fine Vines, www.finevines.com, IL, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, LA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, www.ndcweb.com, GA, Augustan Wine, www.augustanwine.com, FL, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, (DC/VA) VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NV/AZ/NM, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: A pungent nose combines notes of wood and reduction. Otherwise 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.
     

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White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2017 Corton Charlemagne 2 Case 6 75cl £1,025
  • Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    2017
    Corton-Charlemagne
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 75
    Note: 40% from En Charlemagne and 60% from Le Charlemagne
    Producer note: The cellar master noted that "2017 produced wines that are not as dense as their 2016 counterparts but they're more elegant. The growing season was relatively straightforward and while the vines suffered a bit of hydric stress in August, that was really the only problem we had. We chose to begin picking on the 31st of August with the pinot and then picked the chardonnay from the 1st to the 6th of September. The fruit was quite clean and ripe so the vinifications were easy in both colors. We're doing an 18 month élevage with about 30% new wood. The wines spend 12 months in cask and then another 6 in tank, which allows them to retain freshness while better harmonizing. I would describe the wines as textured and refreshing yet serious and they should have no trouble aging well." (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France is the US Agent; Martin Scott Wines (NY, NJ, CT), www.martinscottwines.com, Lake Success, NY, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants (CA, HI), www.chamberswines.com, CA, Fine Vines, www.finevines.com, IL, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, LA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, www.ndcweb.com, GA, Augustan Wine, www.augustanwine.com, FL, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, (DC/VA) VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NV/AZ/NM, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: An elegant, pure and admirably fresh nose flashes notes of green apple, mineral reduction and white flower scents. The racy but lacy middle weight flavors possess both excellent detail and an abundance of minerality before culminating in a refreshing, dry and clean finish that is less austere than usual. This should age well over the next decade.
     

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