2013 Corton Charlemagne Bonneau du Martray



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Average critic rating : 91.0 points

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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.||My visit to this historic domaine was one of my first during my travels, back in August 2014. That's approximately 1,700 Burgundy 2013s ago (this is how I measure time these days.) As you might expect, the vines located in Corton-Charlemagne were touched by hail. When I say "touched," that means around 70% of the crop was used. However, one has to consider the holdings that the domaine owns on the hill. If you own 9.50-hectares of Corton-Charlemagne (on the Pernand side), then at least you have the ability to select and sort, winnow the wheat from the chaff, than if you own just a slither of vines and must make do with a barrel or two. This was a solid showing of both their white and red Corton, even if it does not quite match up to the 2012. The Corton-Charlemagne has an effortless quality, as if it is self-aware that it will never be a wine from the domaine's top drawer, but is consequently a better wine for thinking that way. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014

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