A few weeks back before everything got ever more manic with Christmas and the pre-Burgundy season (January) workload we were delighted to have Jean-Charles le Bault de La Moriniere of Bonneau du Martray in town. We spent two hours listening to him and firing questions at him while we tasted two reds and three whites. It was a special afternoon. As usual I will state my fairly considerable bias now, this is the 15th vintage I have worked with. Having said that there is arguably no other 100% Grand Cru estate that is under-recognised like Bonneau du Martray. The older vintages of this great estate are stunning and that includes years with no right to be so like the 1987 and 1994 that I have had several times. The 1992 is one of “the” white Burgundy drinking experiences. There have been intermittent “premox” problems but these Jean-Charles feels certain are due 100% to cork supplier (i.e. there are “good” and “bad” batches as the Domaine had separate suppliers – a common practice) and limited to 1995-2005 in my view. There is nothing before and nothing since where I have seen any problems. I say this from a stand point where my drinking experience is greater with this estate that almost any other white Burgundy estate.
I do not intend this to be a long post, I have written on these wines many times in the past and whilst I am honest enough to say I do not always understand the red Corton or give it the time (in maturity terms) in may well need, I love the Corton-Charlemagne for it’s preciseness and moreishness – I always want another glass/bottle/magnum and ultimately that is the measure of a wine being great.
As in Burgundy we went red then white:
A splendid tasting!
|Fascinating map of the hill of Corton.|