Corton Charlemagne, Domaine Bonneau du Martray 2012
The nose is presently slightly reduced which is not unusual just after the bottling. My sense is that it won't last as it seems clear that the underlying fruit is ripe. There is excellent density and plenty of punch to the big-bodied and voluminous flavors that enjoy ample mid-palate concentration before culminating in an agreeably dry, clean and impressively long, indeed even explosive finish. The only nit is a hint of warmth but overall this is excellent and should amply reward 7 to 10 years of cellar time.
|Score: 93||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (59), June 2010|
Bright yellow with green highlights. Explosive aromas of ripe peach, crushed stone, lavender sea salt and spices. Wonderfully rich and broad without any excess weight, with strong acidity and crushed-stone minerality leavening the fine-grained flavors of orange cream and fleur de sel. Best today on the slowly building, refined finish, which leaves the mouth vibrating with stone and white grapefruit. This wine appears to be shutting down in bottle, which de la Morinière notes is typical for his Corton-Charlemagne after a year or so. Outstanding potential here: I may be underrating this wine today.
|Score: 93+||Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, September 2015|
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