The darkest of the whites, a very dark golden color that would be concerning in a much younger wine. Oxidative notes on the nose. This bottle is sound and completely mature. I like older wine, yet can't help but wonder if this wouldn't have been better 10+ years ago. Drink up.
Drank alongside the 86. Both opened 4 hours before dinner. Light yellow in color. Very good minerality with wonderful acidity. Light aged notes of butterscotch. Tasted like it was a decade or two younger. Lacked a bit of fruit and aged notes compared to the 86.
Pale golden yellow in color with no signs of age. Initially closed nose evolving with extended airing into a lovely gorgeous full complex aromas of citric overtones consisting of fresh lemon/lime & grapefruit, apples, some floral notes of jasmine & honeysuckle, roasted nuts, minerals, stony, chalky, buttery, with sweet vanilla & toasted oak undertones. Medium-full bodied with a good concentration of smooth and well developed, mouth filling, unctuous, rich, complex & ripe citrus fruit flavors of lemons/limes, white grapefruit, buttery, minerals, stony, a touch of sweet creamy vanilla and toasted oak in the background. Long lingering and persistent crisp finish. May be at its peak of development with no signs of senility. Should hold there a bit longer if stored properly.
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(Bonneau Corton Charlemagnes) Twin Bonneau Corton Charlemagnes proceeded, led by a funky 1980. It had an old, mildewy nose and did not seem like a perfect bottle, perhaps corked. It was weird, and its fruit felt like it was left out in sun over the weekend (82A). The 1985 had a similar personality but on the right side of the bed. Yeast, old corn and caramel were all present in its classic profile, along with benevolent waterfall flavors (93).
(Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne) It is nice drinking white burgundy at its peak. This wine was just oozing with class and had a wonderful texture. Yellow fruits along with a waxey like flavor and texture. Like the softest pillow ever on your palate. Long detailed finish. Mature slightly baked fruit flavors and a nutty like palate impression and zingy minerality. Acidity was not high but also not super low . . .it was just right and perfectly integrated with the rest of the components. Balance is the key word here. Although this was was great cellaring white burgs is still a crapshoot due to oxidation issues.
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