A White Burgundy fit for Emperors

Domaine Bonneau du Martray

2011 Corton-Charlemagne, 750ml, $160.78+tax
Variety: Chardonnay

How would you like to share a bottle of wine with Frankish King and founder of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne? Well, you can’t – he died in the year 814. But you can drink wine from a vineyard that he reputedly owned and that is named in his honour. And I guarantee that it will be one of the greatest white wine experiences of your life. This is Chardonnay of the highest caliber – sumtuous, concentrated, complex and long lived. Domaine Bonneau du Martray has been making wine here for almost two centuries and has some of the largest holdings of any Domaine in Corton-Charlemagne. As a gift, or a special wine to enjoy with a rich, hearty Christmas dinner, this can’t be topped. Marquis Wine Cellars is proud to be the sole retailer in British Columbia to import and offer Domaine Bonneau du Martray. If you’re not convinced yet, just look at what the world’s most respected Burgundy critic Allen Meadows has to say about the 2011:

“There is a hint of mandarin orange to the otherwise more classic aromas of white peach, green apple, citrus and wet stone. The well-detailed and intensely stony medium weight plus flavors possess an excellent sense of underlying tension on the saline-infused, dry and well-balanced finish. I like the mid-palate concentration and while this is already delicious, this is sufficiently serious as to require 6 to 8 years of cellar time.” Burghound Issue 55