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The most complete expression of Corton-Charlemagne
Within a remarkable landscape, this vineyard rounds off the hill of Corton on its western side. The vines to the west are exposed to the sun from mid-morning until sunset, a very rare feature in Burgundy since it is the only Grand Cru facing west.
The different stages of the geological life have cracked the limestone base at different levels of the hillside. These fractures control the circulation of water which conditions the type of soil and its evolution, allowing to keep the vines dry after the rain. The air circulation caused by the neighbouring hills and the combes of Pernand-Vergelesses airs out the vineyard and preserves the freshness of the grapes. The forest on top of the hill of Corton allows the water to be channelled to the vineyards and bringing a rich ecosystem to its dirt.
Domaine Bonneau du Martray has identified 3 microclimates and highlighted 9 distinct soil types in the top, heart and bottom of the hill.
A patchwork of soils in which false clays, silts, false marls and limestone rock bands play a variable role, sometimes a few metres away. This privileged location allows it to define all the "sequences" of this terroir: altitude, lateral positioning, exposure, geology, slope inclination, soil drainage, etc.
The resulting intricacies of each parcel compose a mosaic of soils with very different needs and outcomes; thus, only a precise viticulture applied throughout this vineyard can match the complexity and diversity of the site. Only such a precision in farming will deliver the required transparency to reveal the character of this great terroir.
These micro-vineyards are like many musical notes, they each bring a nuance that promotes an overall harmony to be achieved: the parcels at the foot of the forest give the wine a crystalline aspect, with floral and citrus fruit notes. The vines in the heart of the hill structure the wine and bring grain to it, while the parcels at the bottom of the hill, richer in minerals, bring up the power of Charlemagne.
The entirety of this vineyard expresses the most authentic representation of Charlemagne's terroir.
Respectful of the great cycles that govern life, the Domaine has been certified in biodynamic viticulture since 2013 (Demeter) with a constant search for harmony between the different elements.
The Domaine is committed to the need for truth throughout its work in the vineyards and in the cellar. Its ambition is to express without false humility, all the subtleties and elegance of the great wines of Corton-Charlemagne and Corton.