Bonneau du Matray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2001

This wine lived up to its considerable reputation, though you will not get much change from $120.

In terms of appearance, although regrettably not my photograph, the wine is bright with a between pale and medium intensity expression of lemon in colour.  Its aroma is complex, with a quite pronounced aroma of peaches, nectarines, spices and minerals, which I would describe as developing rather than developed, even at 11 years of age.  On the palate, long length is accompanied by butter, clarified butter, medium acidity, good body and again a near pronounced intensity of flavour of peaches and white plums masking a delicate, yet powerful wine.  This is a stand-out wine.  However, as always with wines of this age, you may need to factor in some bottle variation.  A bottle served at a different table did not perform nearly so well.  96 points (outstanding)

Abv: 13.5%
Price: around $120
Tasted: February 2012

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