Bonneau du Martray   Corton Charlemagne

1999 Corton-Charlemagne

By Bonneau du Martray

1999 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray, Burgundy, France

The 1999 vintage stands as a beacon within the storied annals of Burgundian winemaking, and the 1999 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray is an articulate storyteller of this chapter. My personal incursions into the layers of Burgundy's palimpsest have etched the distinctive character of this exceptional vintage deeply into my sensorium.


Tempering Time: The Evolution of a Classic

Consistent weather patterns graced Burgundy in 1999, culminating in a harvest that garnered vinous accolades. The limestone-rich soils upon the slopes of Corton-Charlemagne gifted the Chardonnay grapes with a mineral vitality that, over two decades, has blossomed into a fine structure within this golden elixir. One discerns in their glass a sophisticated integration of fruit and oak — a veritable tightrope walk performed with stellar precision by Bonneau du Martray.


Investing in Excellence: A Look at the Market

For astute investors and collectors alike, the 1999 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray is not only a bottle of remarkable lineage but also an appreciable asset within one's collection. Its triumph echoes from esteemed auctions to bespoke cellars around the globe. With its balance, depth, and persistent finish, there's little wonder why adjudicators of fine wine esteem this particular year.

The ebullient ripeness of fruit typical to the finale of the millennium vibes seamlessly with Burgundian austerity in this offering. Apples held in caramel's sweet embrace, underpinned by a vein of citrus and flint, shape the wine’s effusive nose. A plateaux of maturity now reached lends an ambassadorial gravitas to every sip — think toasted almonds spiralling within a crème brûlée richness, yet edged by that emblematic acidity that ensures this Corton-Charlemagne remains dapper and sprightly on the tongue.

To decant is to unveil — to allow this sage wine to speak freely of its provenance and journey through seasons past. Thus prepared, it greets with vivacity any discerning palate fortunate enough to witness its unfolding narrative.

In summation, engineering words as one would craft wine, I find the 1999 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray to be an exemplary progeny of a venerable house and an illustrious region. Its poise on both table and market manifests as a luminous constellation in Burgundy's firmament — an astral artwork admired for its grace and cherished for its immutable brilliance in the world of fine wine investment.

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While most of his neighbors were harvesting the maximum allowable yields of 63 h/h or more, Jean-Charles de la Moriniere harvested his Corton-Charlemagne at 47 h/h, yet he still complained that this was 20% over his objective. The 1999 Corton-Charlemagne reveals lovely aromatic depth of minerals and spices. Medium-bodied, rich, and precise, this is a defined, pure, detailed wine filled with lemons, nuts, and pears. It is harmonious, elegant, and complete. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2012. Importer: Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Company, New York, NY; tel (212) 572-7725.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 February 2001

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