2010 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton Grand Cru (1.5L) 3-Pack (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1419994 96 points Vinous

 The domaine's 2010 Corton is a much different beast than the 2009. It has none of the early appeal of that year, but instead boasts gorgeous structure, firm tannins and beautifully delineated fruit. It is an energetic, vibrant wine endowed with significant floral lift, intense minerality and great overall balance. There is a cool austerity about the 2010 that will appeal to classicists. According to proprietor Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière, the small, loose clusters of the vintage give the wine its powerful personality. (AG)  (8/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a bottle opened at the domaine). A still restrained and cool nose offers up airy and pretty aromas of various red berries and plenty of earth and spice nuances along with a whisper of secondary character. There is excellent intensity to the beautifully well-detailed broad-shouldered flavors that flash excellent minerality on the notably saline and youthfully austere finale. This is still very much on the way up and though it should drink well with food.  (1/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Corton Grand Cru is a little more opaque in the glass when compared to the 2011. The nose is very intense with raspberry, wild strawberry, flecks of dark chocolate and Morels that emerge with time. Yet it remains tightly coiled, unfolding with each minute that passes. The palate is extremely well-balanced with a beguiling sense of symmetry. It is understated at first, but it has a powerful, almost sinewy finish that exerts a gentle but insistent grip in the mouth, segueing into a smudged savory aftertaste. This is very fine. (NM)  (12/2013)

90-91 points John Gilman

 The 2010 Bonneau du Martray Corton rouge was already quite hunkered down in anticipation of an extended period of hibernation after its bottling, and though its inherent quality was quite evident, this is a structured 2010 red Burgundy that is going to want a good decade in the cellar before it is likely to start to blossom. The reserved nose offers up noteworthy complexity in its blend of red and black cherries, a bit of bonfire, dark soil tones, fresh herbs, a bit of resin and a judicious base of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and quite shut down today, with a fine core, chewy tannins and a very long, focused and old school finish. This will be very fine in the fullness of time, but let it sleep! (Drink between 2022-2050) 90-91+?  (5/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 NB vintage. Mid cherry red. Supple, flirtatious, ripe cherry fruit on the nose. Then a little bitterness but much more fruit and flesh than the 2011. Refined tannins but hard work at the moment. Where’s the charm? Not enough majesty either. Will it eventually become a swan? 16.5+/20 points. (JR)  (11/2012)

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Corton

- 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.