Only two wines are produced here. Both are Grand Cru wines from the hill of Corton. The White Burgundy with Chardonnay grapes from the 9.5 hectares. And a Red Burgundy from 1.5 hectares owned in the Corton vineyard. Bonneau du Martray is the largest single owner of vines within the Corton-Charlemagne vineyard. And in fact Bonneau owns the largest area of a single Grand Cru vineyard of any producer in Burgundy.
“Tasted at the Domaine. This is an exquisite Corton-Charlemagne from its finest exponent. Tasted from a sample that was racked in late-September, is has a startling vibrant leesy nose with background scents of white peach, frangipane, tinned apricots and orange-blossom. The palate displays wonderful balance, a pervasive sense of effortlessness here, supreme harmony and clarity with a citrus/white peach tinged finish that forms an apt denouement for this gorgeous Corton Charlemagne. Outstanding.” 97-99 points Neal Martin’s Wine Journal (03/2009)
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.