Bonneau du Martray   Corton Charlemagne

2015 Corton-Charlemagne

By Bonneau du Martray

2015 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray, Burgundy, France

The grandeur of Burgundy's white wines finds a sublime ambassador in the 2015 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray. With an illustrious history adorning the sloping hillsides of Corton, this producer continually crafts pure expressions of Chardonnay that resonate with the most discerning palates—mine included. The 2015 vintage is no exception and emerges as a paragon of its comet-trailed lineage.


The Quintessence of Terroir and Time

Understanding that 2015 was a year of generous sunshine and warmth, it stands to reason that the fruit sourced from Corton's famed hillside would yield wines leaning towards opulence. However, Bonneau du Martray's iteration remains consummately balanced—a symphony conducted under a focused baton. It possesses a rich core of stone fruit and citrus zest, counterpointed by an arresting mineral streak that is unequivocally Corton-Charlemagne.


A Vintage Crafted for the Cellar and the Portfolio

Textural elegance is a hallmark of this offering; already lustrous in youth with notes of toasted hazelnut and brioche, the wine promises an investment in complexity as it matures. The savvy wine investor would do well to recognize the potential here, as 2015 is poised for longevity. The majestic poise that the 2015 Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray exhibits is a compelling argument for its pride of place in any curated collection.

In summary, aside from joining the pantheon of esteemed vintages for Burgundy's whites, the 2015 reigns with a regality accented by voluptuousness matched with aristocratic restraint—a concerted study in equilibrium. This is a virtuoso performance by Bonneau du Martray, encapsulating the precision and soul-stirring depth befitting of Corton-Charlemagne’s storied terroir. For connoisseurs and investors alike, this vintage will no doubt etch itself deeply into memory—and cellar—with transcendental grace.

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The 2015 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru from Bonneau du Martray reveals a youthful nose of citrus zest, white flowers, tart pineapple and struck flint, framed by some spicy new oak. On the palate, this full-bodied wine reveals tension and definition that it seemed to miss in barrel, its glossy attack now backed by a nicely chalky structure and a deep, properly reserved core. This will need some time in the bottle to integrate, but its evolution is very promising, and while this is unusually rich and concentrated those qualities don't come at the expense of terroir.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 27 April 2018

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