JancisRobinson.com – 16.5
Racked in September. Not intense nose but interesting floral scents. Medium weight and very embryonic. Not immediately obvious as grand cru weight. All very much in waiting. Much more backward than, say, the Drouhin grands crus I tried the day before.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2024
Vinous – 94
The 2011 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is just starting to drink well. Fresh and mineral, the 2011 also looks to have plenty of life ahead of it. Chalk, lemon confit and white flowers all grace this open-knit, curvy Charlemagne. The 2011 has really softened in recent years. Time in the glass brings out the layers in this very pretty and expressive Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2031
Robert Parker – 91
The 2011 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is also showing quite well, offering up aromas of citrus zest, pear and white flowers mingled with hints of green pineapple and pastry cream. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and charming, it’s elegantly textural and open knit, with succulent acids and a saline finish. It’s a creditable effort from Bonneau du Martray’s ancienÂ regime, even if it’s surpassed by what’s being made today.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2033
Burghound – 93
Even at 11 years of age, the still restrained and wonderfully fresh nose is only now beginning to display good layering along with hints of mandarin orange, apple, pear and white flower. There is good if not excellent underlying tension to the attractively mineral-infused flavors that finish with very good persistence and fine balance. In contrast to the wine in 750 ml (see herein for that note), this is still moderately tightly wound and while it could certainly be enjoyed now, I would be inclined to allow it another 4 to perhaps 7 years due to the large format bottling.