Bonneau du Martray   Corton Charlemagne

2011 Corton-Charlemagne

By Bonneau du Martray

2011 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray, Burgundy, France

The venerable 2011 vintage of Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray stands as a testament to the resilient and exquisite character of one of Burgundy's most celebrated Grand Cru vineyards. This particular year was marked by a roller coaster of climatic twists, showcasing Burgundy's mercurial nature, yet Bonneau du Martray navigated this with deftness, resulting in a wine of profound poise.

 

An Investment Worthy Vintage

Investors and collectors alike seek out the 2011 Corton-Charlemagne due to its brilliant balance between approachability and ageing potential. This vintage speaks of its origin with clarity and precision; a year that challenged even the most skilled viticulturists to harness the weather's caprice into something harmonious in the bottle.

 

Precise Expression of Terroir

Interplaying richness with mineral backbone, the 2011 Corton-Charlemagne reveals layers of complexity on the palate. With a restrained yet confident nose, one detects whispers of citrus zest and flint stone, setting the stage for an intriguing tasting voyage. The palate serenades with pear, toasted almond and slight hints of honeycomb—reflecting an impressive maturity while hinting at the underlying longevity bestowed by this cool and structured vintage. Its persistent finish is bathed in limestone-infused freshness that is emblematic of Bonneau du Martray's own parcel within the Corton hill.

In terms of investment potential, these bottles continue to capture the intrigue of those looking to diversify their portfolios with age-worthy whites that promise gradual development over time. Regarded as one of the more nimble and refined renderings from this appellation in recent years, it perches comfortably amongst other accomplished vintages.

The 2011 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray resonates with an unmistakable authenticity and savoir-faire that Burgundian aficionados prize. Its poised evolution in bottle renders it one of the more sophisticated and cerebral choices for both pleasure seekers and astute investors. A pinnacle representation from this storied producer and epochal terroir—this is indeed a vintage to remember, collect, and reflect upon through the ages.

Market price (GBP)

£3,540.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

272.31

Scores and tasting notes

93

Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. Bonneau du Martray’s Corton-Charlemagne 2011 has a mineral-driven bouquet – linear and taut, with slate and granite aromas gradually unfurling in the glass. The palate is clean and fresh with supremely well-judged acidity. Touches of apricot and mango lie in the background with the citrus element playing the main role. Beautifully balanced, this is the Corton-Charlemagne of the flight with impressive tension and persistence.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 November 2014

Vintage performance