Bonneau du Martray   Corton Charlemagne

2002 Corton-Charlemagne

By Bonneau du Martray

2002 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray, Burgundy, France

Situated in the revered slopes of Burgundy, the 2002 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray is a tapestry of viticultural splendour that stands as a testament to the grandeur of its storied terroir. Having matured gracefully over the better part of two decades, this prestigious wine presents an opportunity for fine wine investors to indulge in the nuanced maturity of a seasoned Burgundian marque.


Vintage Vitality: The Allure of Age

The early 2000s were an era noted for climatic generosity in Burgundy, and 2002 was no slouch in proffering optimal conditions conducive to creating wines of profound elegance and longevity. Indeed, this vintage offers a harmonious balance rarely achieved in more capricious years. Encapsulated within each bottle from Bonneau du Martray is an anthology of weather patterns and soil interactions that carefully sculpted this particular Corton-Charlemagne into a luminary among its peers.


A Confluence of Elements

Encounter first the bouquet; a convergence of apple blossom interlaced with toasted almonds, giving way to the ineffable minerality that is Côte de Beaune's hallmark. Palate-wise, there is a stately procession from the crisp apple and fleshy pear to the finer points of citrus zest and a whisper of flint—that evanescent echo of the limestone-rich soils it emanates from.

Yet there is depth here too—monolithic at first glance but nuanced within; a depth buttressed by a judicious application of oak during its gestation, bestowing upon it a subtle spice and vanillin cadence that pays homage to traditional Burgundian craftsmanship.

As wine investors will appreciate, this 2002 Corton-Charlemagne marries prestige with potential—the investment in patience now yielding dividends as each sip unveils layers hitherto veiled by youth’s fervent grip. It’s a triumph not only of nature but also of nurturing; for time has turned potential into potency within the crucible of Bonneau du Martray’s expert vinification practices.

In summation, when one speaks of echelons within Burgundy's elite, the 2002 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray resides at such heights. It offers both a lush sensory experience and an emblematic appreciation for those discerning enthusiasts who seek to assemble fine wines with a provenance echoing through time—a true vintage vestige woven into the very fabric of Burgundian legend.

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The 2002 Corton-Charlemagne, revisited from bottle, sports a spicy, apple-scented nose and a long, light to medium-bodied personality. Well-focused and revealing a deep minerality, spice-laced pears, and white pepper, this elegant wine is complex, seamless, and possesses a beautifully extended finish. Projected maturity: 2007-2015. Bravo! Importer: Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines Company, New York, NY; tel. (212) 419-1400

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005

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