Robert Parker – 94
The 2016 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is showing superbly from bottle, unwinding in the glass with a classy bouquet of crisp green apple, pears, almond paste, fresh pastry and Meyer lemon. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and precise, with serious depth, tangy acidity, and chewy structuring dry extract while remaining elegantly textural. Intense and complete, it’s an immensely promising wine which augers well for Bonneau du Martray’s future.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045
Vinous – 93+
The 2016 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is the product of a tiny harvest in which a significant portion of the vintage was damaged by frost. The berries that ultimately made it into the tanks (all first generation) had very thick skins. In tasting, the 2016 is quite concentrated and also very exotic, with strong tropical inflections. Even so, there is an element of translucence to the 2016 that is beguiling. It will be interesting to see how it ages.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2034
Burghound – 92-94
A pungent nose combines notes of wood and reduction. Otherwise there is both good density and punch to the intensely mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors that possess sneaky good length. This beauty is notably firm but not really austere and while it should age well over the mid-term, it should also be accessible after as little as 5 years.