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2013 Bonneau du Martray - Chardonnay


2013 Bonneau du Martray

Corton Charlemagne

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Tasting note: There is a very subtle hint of the exotic to the cool and fresh aromas of apple, floral and discreet spice and oak scents. The delicious and overtly stony broad-shouldered flavors possess a really lovely mouth feel before terminating in a slightly drying finish and short finish. There is however a significant amount of gas present that may very well be responsible for the dryness and in any event certainly exacerbates it. As such I am less confident in my projected range than usual and I look forward to revisiting this wine in bottle next year.
Burghound 89-92 pts.
The 2013 Corton-Charlemagne was decimated by hail that reduced the crop by 70%. What survived was raised in one-third new oak, as has been the policy over 40 years when Charles's father made the wine. Allowing the grand cru to open over ten minutes (while discussing the travails of Burgundy with Charles) it opens to reveal a clean and pure, somehow "nonchalant" bouquet with peach skin and lime flower that is nicely defined and entwined with the oak. There is a spicy, lemongrass note just on the tip of the tongue on the finish, although at this stage I feel that the 2012 had more complexity and persistence. Let's see if it puts on more weight by the time of bottling.
Wine Advocate 90-92+
Item: Wine-247720
Year: 2013
Producer: Bonneau du Martray
Designation: Corton Charlemagne
Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Burgundy, France
Burghound: 89-92
Wine Advocate: 90-93