2017 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru(1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1410166 96 points Decanter

 Anyone who feared that quality would drop after a change of ownership at this historic domaine will be happy to know that this grand cru white is as good as ever. Blending components from three different terroirs and altitudes, it's an elegant, textured, saline white of incredible precision and understated power, with subtle toasty oak and undertones of jasmine and lemongrass. Drinking Window 2021 - 2029. (TA)  (10/2018)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is very promising indeed, unfurling in the glass with aromas of ripe citrus, crisp orchard fruit, blanched almonds, pastry cream and spring flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive, with excellent concentration, a bright line of animating acidity and a sense of completeness that distinguishes it as a special vintage for the domaine. Its new oak is already better integrated at this early stage than was the case at this estate a few years ago. (WK) 93-95+  (1/2019)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, aged in around 30% new oak from three coopers, has quite an assertive bouquet; for me, the wood component is a little conspicuous at the moment, despite the modest percentage that it represents in the blend. The palate is more harmonious, and here the wood component feels better subsumed into the fabric of the wine. It offers a fine bead of acidity (pH 3.20), a sense of energy toward the finish and veins of orange pith and light spicy tones. This should be fascinating to watch, but I would like to see that wood component on the nose become fully integrated. (NM)  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

93-96 points Jaspeer Morris MW, Inside Burgundy: "We tasted first samples from the top of the slope, the middle and the lower part. The complete blend delivers an attractive pale lemon colour; the bouquet is very discreet but with real presence. All is there. Light lemon and limes on the nose, the full mineral content, linear intensity in the mouth, nothing broad, no banana notes, just a purity of white stone fruit. The oak is well integrated." (01/2019)

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- 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.