Bonneau du Martray   Corton Charlemagne

2003 Corton-Charlemagne

By Bonneau du Martray

2003 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray, Burgundy, France

The 2003 vintage in Burgundy stands as one among many testaments to the adaptability and resilience of its terroirs and vintners. A year that posed challenges with its scorching summer, it nonetheless gave rise to an exceptional iteration of the esteemed 2003 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray. The wine encapsulates the intense concentration and depth that can be achieved even in the warmest years, provided the estate boasts a lineage of expertise and a dedication to quality.


An Opulent Vintage with a Touch of Zeal

Often remembered for its sweltering heatwave, the vintage coerced a dramatic ripening period that most vineyards would balk at. Yet, the Corton-Charlemagne site, with its higher elevation and competent aspect, managed to mitigate the extremity of the conditions, enabling a production of Chardonnay grapes that were ripe yet not robbed entirely of their acidity. In the glass, this vintage exhibits a luminescent golden hue teasing at its rich profile.


A Tasting Chronicle: The 2003's Unique Expression

Upon tasting, this 2003 Corton-Charlemagne reveals an opulent bouquet of ripe stone fruits, smoky oak, and hints of buttery brioche — a gallant nod to its time in barrel. On the palate, it unfurls layer upon layer: summer apple compote interlaced with toasted hazelnut and a vein of flinty minerality persisting throughout. Despite expectations for heft, there is balance here; an admirable marriage of power and poise that speaks to the calibre of Bonneau du Martray's winemaking craftsmanship.


Investment Worthy: A Seasoned Wine Aficionado's Insight

A seasoned fine wine investor will acknowledge that the alluring nature of this wine does not solely rest in its consumption but flourishes too in its capacity for storied maturation. Its storied richness paired with robust structure signals potential for further complexity with age — a jewel in any connoisseur's collection seeking both depth and longevity.

In summary, the 2003 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray shows how adversity can be deftly navigated to yield a wine that resonates with vigour and character. It remains one of those exceptional vintages where climate and human expertise have conspired to create something truly memorable. Thus it stands as both an exemplary addition to one's cellar and a prudent investment choice, particularly for those poised to capture essence and evolution over time.

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Gorgeous aromatics of rich pears and white peaches emanate from the glass of the 2003 Corton-Charlemagne (white). A wine of impressive breadth and harmony, its suave personality spreads out over the palate releasing waves of satin-textured white fruits, slate, and fresh herbs. Lush, supple, and inviting, this offering’s long finish displays a slight brightness of acid (natural), rendering it surprisingly light on its feet. One of the top 2003 white Burgundies, it should be at its best between 2006 and 2014. 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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