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1988 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne
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Community Tasting Notes 16
June 2, 2014 - Cole's bday dinner, this was great, all the young Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlie's i've had have been rounded and rich but this -- happily -- reminded me of the 1983 bottle i had a year ago, it was high acid, very lively / tense, fruit of lemons and apricots, with some salty minerality, wow this was a big wine and felt like it could go another ten years believe it or not… i have to wonder if a 2006 that tastes too round today will end up like this btl in 15 years??
Paul S wrote: (95 points)
January 6, 2014 - Bonneau du Martray, Ghislaine Barthod, Clos des Lambrays and other Auction Steals (Alex's place): Superb. I have always enjoyed Bonneau du Martray's Corton-Charlies but never quite placed them in the highest echelon of white Burgundy; not at least until I had this bottle and it's flight-mate, a lovely 1990. Of the two, the 1988 was subtler, more nuanced and, to my tastes at least, the better wine. This had a fantastic nose on it, with tons of savoury mineral and earth aromas, chalk, a dash of spice, then honey and toasted vanilla, all floating around subtly sweet notes of white white peach, sweet cream and perfumy white flowers. Beautiful. This was a stonier, higher-toned bouquet than the ripe, fruitier aromas of the 1990, but one could still tell the family resemblance between the wines. Same thing on the palate too I thought. This was absolutely superb. Refined, pure, having a certain verticality to it, with a wonderful spine of minerality and fine acidity stretching up in-between layers of pure, transparent white fruit, all laced with little dashes of spice and toasted vanilla, before some sweet lemons showed up on the midpalate. Lovely stuff. This was very elegant; effortlessly so in fact, with a creamily smooth, wonderfully integrated feel to it; yet it was also at once structured and focused, with a real tension that kept the wine taut and lithe all the way into a long, graceful finish, long, full of savoury earth and warm spice and an almost salty mineral twang that pulled away into the back palate, just before the wine faded away with a final kiss of white flowers. A wine of nuanced complexity and subtle strength. Beautiful stuff just starting to hit its peak. Watch this space though - this is one wine that has the balance and depth to go on for years and years yet.
JerM wrote: (95 points)
January 4, 2014 - (Burgs w PaulS et al @AlexH's) [tasted alongside the 1990] Sweet, soft white flowers, gentle acidity, restrained vanilla oak, with just a hint of zest. Gentle floral bloom (honeysuckle and tobacco flowers), chalk (!), and a savory seam of lime zest. Complete and complex, maintaining an elegant, effortless balance and clarity in a vibrant tension! Nuanced and beautiful, from a classic vintage.
March 19, 2013 - Had this at a restaurant - bottle,fill and cork all excellent. Very bright, youthful wine. Fresh yet plenty of breed and development. Lovely old style wine without all the oak and circumstance of the newer Corton Charlemagne. Apple, fresh grass, tropical fruits and a strong spine, I suspect well-stored bottles will continue on. Not as giving or multi-layered as a recent bottle of the '86, but this has better structure and should last a long time.
April 10, 2011 - Simply outstanding and one of my favourite BdM’s from the past 30 years. Supremely bright and youthful, crammed full of lemon and minerally goodness. It is precise, long and linear and has just a little honeycomb that whispers ‘I’m not quite as young as you think’. Still a long way from its apogee.1 person found this helpful Comment
Pro Reviews 2
View From the Cellar
By John Gilman
Sep/Oct 2008, Issue #17, Domaine Bonneau du Martray: Brilliant Corton-Charlemagne and Fine Rouge
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By Allen Meadows
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- Vintage 1988
- Type White
- Producer Bonneau du Martray
- Varietal Chardonnay
- Designation n/a
- Vineyard n/a
- Country France
- Region Burgundy
- SubRegion Côte de Beaune
- Appellation Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
- Pending Delivery 12 (8%)
- In Cellars 78 (55%)
- Consumed 53 (37%)