The nobility of Corton-Charlemagne
Some 150 hectares in Corton are classified Grand Cru (the most of another area in Burgundy). At its center is a hill where Cote de Nuit and Cote de Beaune meet and which is shared by three townships: Pernand Vergelesses to the west, Ladoix Serrigny to the east and Aloxe Corton. The vineyards are 95% Pinot Noir while the remaining 5% are at the top of the hill and are planted with Chardonnay, which benefit from the fresh microclimate and provide the grapes for the famous Corton-Charlemagne. The undisputed reference point of this Grand Cru is without a doubt Domaine Bonneau Du Martray, which since 1995 has been run by Jean-Charles Le Bault de la Monniere, a tall and somewhat gangling architect who has made his estate his reason to live.
His estate owns 11 hectares of vineyards, mostly old vines, which have been organically cultivated since 2004 and of these 9.5 hectares are Chardonnay, divided into 16 parcels. The wine is bold yet vertical (Jean-Charles de la Monniere says he doesn’t really like ‘horizontal’ or persistent wines and always seeks out vertical or intense ones) with a great balance which can easily stand the test of time.