Bonneau du Martray own the highest proportion of vines on the hill of Corton, and since the early 1990s has been a benchmark Burgundian Domaine. Heavy pruning and green harvesting mean that yields are astonishingly low and, much to the amazement of neighbours, they are usually the first to harvest by several days. After elevage in barriques, these tantalisingly fine, mineral wines undergo the very lightest of fi ltrations before being bottled.
After two tiny vintages, Bonneau du Martray could have been forgiven for thinking mother nature was finally returning some of what she had taken over the previous two years. Up until the end of June 2014 the season had looked so promising, culminating in a uniform and quick flowering that promised a decent-sized crop. However on the 28th June the dreaded hail struck, wiping out nearly half of the crop in two minutes. Fortunately this was too early to affect quality and although quantities are once again heavily reduced they are, at least, up on the past two vintages. A very fine September insured the domaine could harvest beautifully ripe, concentrated grapes, with minimal sorting required, between the 16th and 21st. It is clear we have a great white vintage on our hands here, and Bonneau du Martray have produced the goods, making a white of impeccable balance, verve and style.
Corton is the only red wine Grand Cru in the côte de beaune and covers several vineyards which are known as either Corton or as Corton hyphenated with their individual names, such as Bressandes or Clos du Roi. The style of the wine will depend on exactly where the vines are situated. Corton is an early-ripening area and the Pinot Noir grapes are usually the first to be harvested in the Côte d'Or. The vast majority of white wine that comes from the hill of Corton is Corton-Charlemagne though there is a miniscule amount of white Corton made.