The Best of the Best 2003: International White Wines - 1999 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2003
  • Anthony Dias Blue

Rather than controlling disparate vineyard plots, as most Burgundy domaines do, Bonneau du Martray is a single, contiguous estate. The vineyards cover 25 acres in the grand crus of Corton and Corton-Charlemagne. Bonneau du Martray is the only domaine in Burgundy that exclusively produces Grand Cru wines, and of these, the whites are considered the grandest.

 

In the eighth century, these lands were owned by the oenophile emperor Charlemagne, who, as legend has it, uprooted some of the red vines from Corton and planted white in an effort to keep the wines from staining his beard. The white vineyards have been called Corton-Charlemagne ever since, and Bonneau du Martray is now in the capable hands of the Count de la Morinière.

The 1999 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne, made entirely from barrel-fermented Chardonnay, is bright and elegant with intense fruit, vibrant acidity, subtle new oak, and a long, lively finish. Made in a clean, austere style, this wine will show at its best in five to eight years, but it will last much longer. Chardonnay has become the world’s most widely planted premium white wine variety, but nowhere else does it achieve the grandeur that it does in Burgundy. This wine is a classic expression of the “iron fist in the velvet glove.”

Balzac Communications, 707.255.7667; $75

From Around the Web...
Código 1530
A small-batch, family-made tequila goes global for the first time…
The Macallan x Urwerk Flask 2
When Swiss engineering meets Scottish distilling, the result is instantly collectible…
Macallan 40-year-old blended Scotch ($8,000)
The Macallan’s limited release of a 40-year-old blended Scotch ($8,000) from its Sherry Oak line...
That Boutique-y Gin Company launches a new series of groundbreaking gins from innovative craft...
Glenmorangie Pride 1974 ($9,050). Photo by Anna Isola Crolla
Glenmorangie’s new Pride 1974 whisky is a knockout…
Riedel Vinum Extreme Rosé Provence Glass, $69 for a set of two
An exquisite new way to enjoy rosé, just in time for summer…
These blends of rare old malt and grain whiskies elevate the art of blending to new heights…
Glenmorangie Bacalta
This limited edition from the legendary distillery is destined to become a collector’s item…
Photo by Damion I. Hamilton
Cuban cigar legend Montecristo turns 80 with a big party at Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer in Napa...
The 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is “an all-Chardonnay cuvée, in the style our ancestors created,” says  Taittinger
A classically trained artist, Vitalie Taittinger is furthering her family’s traditions in Champagne…