Bonneau du Martray Masterclass

Bonneau du Martray Masterclass

Published by Phil Stanton on 20th Aug 2020

2016 The Hilt Santa Barbara Chardonnay - $105

“The 2016 Chardonnay Estate spent 11 months in 38% new French oak. It has an open nose of ripe peach, apricot, toast, gunflint and pie crust with dried chamomile and honey-drizzled apple slices. Medium-bodied, it offers concentrated stone fruit and honey-nut character in the mouth, with seamless acidity and a long, textured finish. 1,100 cases produced.” – 92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 The Hilt Old Guard Chardonnay - $125
“Sporting a slightly lighter color than the Vanguard release, the 2014 Chardonnay Old Guard has that raw Chardonnay fruit profile of lemon curd, apple blossom, citrus and hints of crushed rock. Medium-bodied, lively and bracing on the palate, with bright acidity, it's a downright classy and elegant chardonnay that should be better in another 2-4 years and have 10-15 years of evolution. This cuvee comes from the Sanford & Benedict, Radian and Solomon Hills vineyards.” - 93 Points, The Wine Advocate

1998 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne - $560
“The searing sun and heat of August burnt a significant percentage of the grapes, so de la Moriniere was compelled 'to sort like crazy'. While he wishes he could have harvested earlier, my impression is that his 1998 Corton-Charlemagne benefitted from the extra hang time by gaining richness, breadth, opulence, and riper acidities. Its delightful tropical fruit (pineapple and passion fruit) and spiced apple aromas lead to its velvety-textured, medium-bodied personality. This is a harmonious 1998, without any of the angular acid and tart aspects that typify so many of this difficult vintage's efforts. Its long seamless finish, and dense, fruit-packed character are outstanding.” - 91 Points, The Wine Advocate

2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne - $650
“The 2008 Corton-Charlemagne comes across as super-classic in its chiseled fruit. Today the 2008 is holding back much of its potential, but there is plenty of energy and vitality in its focused, wiry frame. Lemon peel, lime and flowers are some of the notes that linger on the finish. Ideally the 2008 needs another year or two in bottle (and perhaps more) to show the full breadth of its personality.” - 94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2017 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne - $610
“The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is showing superbly from bottle, wafting from the glass with a complex and beautifully integrated bouquet of pear, citrus oil, toasted sesame, warm bread, oyster shell and white flowers. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with a racy spine of acidity and superb concentration without weight, followed by a long, defined finish. Surpassing the high expectations I formed a year ago, this would appear to be the finest wine produced at Bonneau du Martray for over a decade.” - 96+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 The Hilt Santa Rita Pinot Noir - $105
“The vibrant ruby colored 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills offers up a serious, fresh bouquet of ripe black raspberry, crushed flowers, candied violets and blood orange. This gives way to a medium-bodied, concentrated, yet tight, sappy Pinot Noir that will be better this time next year, and have a decade of overall longevity.” - 92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 The Hilt Vanguard Pinot Noir - $149
“More plush, with gorgeous black raspberry, toasted spice, dried flowers and a touch of licorice, the 2014 Pinot Noir Vanguard hits the palate with gorgeous fruit, a rounded, supple texture and present, yet ripe tannin. It's much more approachable than the Old Guard, but I suspect it will evolve just as nicely.” - 93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 Bonneau du Martray Corton Rouge Grand Cru - $350
"A cool and ultra-pure nose features notes of both red and dark cherry, earth, spice and plenty of earth character that is also reflected by the sleek and relatively refined middle weight flavors that evidence a firm muscularity, all wrapped in a moderately structured, youthfully austere and well-balanced finale. This is very Corton in basic disposition but like the 2015, it's not particularly rustic and should age well for 15+ years.” - 93 Points, BurgHound

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