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2010 Corton-Charlemagne

By Bonneau du Martray

2010 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray, Burgundy, France

In the heart of Burgundy's revered terroir, the 2010 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray stands as a beacon of the remarkable climatic fortitude that the region witnessed that year. This exquisite Chardonnay heralds from a vintage which many aficionados acknowledge for its superb balance and aging potential.


Distinctive Character of a Celebrated Vintage

The year 2010 graced Burgundy with an alliance of optimal conditions, combining a cool, prolonged growing season with the absence of any significant climate scourges. This harmonious scenario culminated in grapes achieving full phenolic ripeness while preserving vital acidity—a quintessential framework for the embodiment of Corton-Charlemagne's splendour. In this context, the 2010 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray crystallises as a wine of exceptional poise and nuanced complexity.


An Ingenious Alliance Between Sophistication and Terroir

Upon decanting, this noble expression unfurls a captivating bouquet of toasty brioche, interwoven with citrus zest and flinty minerals. The palate is regaled with the signature precision of stone fruits and a subtle underpinning of honeyed almonds. Integrating seamlessly with Burgundy's legendary calcareous clay soils, these elements grant this 2010 iteration an aristocratic yet approachable demeanour. It is on such balance that its eminent ageing potential rests—a facet treasured by savvy wine investors.

For those seeking an investable vintage that promises both immediate gratification and cellar-worthy evolution, the 2010 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray represents one of the most intriguing prospects. It is no mere hyperbole to affirm that this vinous gem will not only enrapture palates but also serve as a bulwark for portfolios.

In summary, as we navigate through the lens of wine investment terminology and appreciation, it is clear that the 2010 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray delivers beyond expectations. Imbued with an eloquent expression of its climatic pedigree and magnified by its storied provenance, this bespoke vintage is indeed poised for reverence among connoisseurs and investors alike.

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The 2010 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru offers an enticing array of marine scents on the nose: cockle shells and estuarine aromas. Give it a couple more minutes and watch those lovely grilled walnut scents flourish and multiply so that is ends up almost Meursault Perrieres in character. The palate makes an immediate impression on the entry with that subtle nutty theme continuing, partnered with racy acidity, superb concentration and a long, tense finish that is energetic and surfeit with mineralite, flint popping up on the finish. So delicious you could broach a bottle now - but that would be depriving you of what will be in a decade-s time! Drink 2016-2035. Time to fill in a small gap of notes relating to the most significant grower in the Corton hill - Bonneau du Martray. Jean-Charles suggested we taste recent vintages together after the 2012s, which I was more than happy to do. A Becky Wasserman Selection, Le Serbet, various American importers, including: Atlanta Wholesale Wines, Atlanta, GA; tel. (404) 696-9440; C-est Vin, Arlington, VA; tel. (703) 243-3559; Scott Paul Wines, Oregon; tel. (503) 852-7300, Wines Unlimited, New Orleans, LA; tel. (504) 897-0191

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2013

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