97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The approximate blend of the 2019 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is very promising, offering up notes of orange oil, white flowers, nutmeg and pear, followed by a full-bodied, layered and concentrated palate that's lively and elegantly textural, concluding with a long, penetrating finish. This is a very promising effort from the Domaine Bonneau du Martray team, and I look forward to revisiting the wine in bottle. Barrel Sample: 95-97
97pts Jasper Morris
The 2019 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne was picked between 12th and 18th September. For Winemaker Emmanuel Hautus, it comes across as a blend between 2015 and 2017. It will be bottled in May. Quite a pronounced primrose colour. The former vintage shows in a slight oiliness on the nose and sweeter, richer yellow fruit on top whereas the 2017 comparison can be seen in the crystalline underlay. There is a light salinity to finish, with white flowers and the lightest dusting of coconut. Barrel Sample: 94-97
Complete and powerful, this is a big wine but never awkward. There are delicious, delineated aromas of ripe apple and fresh white flowers on the attack, with a strong mineral underpinning. Rich, but not overly heavy, there is a surprising elegance and tension to this wine. The western exposure of the site and the light crushing the grapes receive, help to retain a balancing freshness here. The wine continues to evolve on the palate, leading to an impressively persistent finish.
Bonneau du Martray's vineyard run from top to bottom of the hill, where the thickness of the clays, silts, marls and different types of limestone make up a mosaic of soil with very different requirements and results: the parcels at the foot of the forest on the top of the hill give the wine a crystalline appearance, with floral and citrus fruit notes. The vines in the part in the heart of the hill structure the wine and bring grain to it, while the parcels at the bottom of the hill, richer in minerals, bring the power of Charlemagne.
In a region renowned for producing some of the greatest wines in the world, Bonneau du Martray is one of only a few estates in all of Burgundy to produce solely Grand Cru wines. For over twelve centuries, this family-run estate remains a true rarity as the single largest holding in the extraordinary white wine appellation of Corton-Charlemagne. In 1994, Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière left his career in architecture to manage his family’s 11 ha property. His attention to detail and pursuit of perfection has helped to grow the estate’s already exceptional reputation.