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Expert Picks: Pousse d’Or and Bonneau du Martray

Posted on | May 11, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiMy oh my, how I love a big bottle of wine! Shall I list a few reasons why I adore these luxuriously sized bottles? The first and most obvious reason is that there is just simply more wine to love; it’s your favorite wine with twice as much to enjoy. The wine also tastes better; the oxygen-to-wine ratio is much lower, which leads to a slower and gentler aging process and results in the best possible outcome for drinking. And we must not forget how fun it is to walk into the party with a magnum in hand, or the thrill of the reveal when you show off this magnificent vessel to guests at your home. With this in mind, I chose two mags currently in IWM’s cellar that I think are must-haves wines.

Pousse d’Or Volnay 2011 Clos de la Bousse d’Or 1.5L $189.00

Hands down, Pousse d’Or is one of the top five producers in Beaune, and this domaine produces Volnay that’s so fine that you’d have trouble finding wines of similar caliber. This 42-acre estate can date its roots back to the eighteenth century, but its current incarnation dates back to 1964. This 2011 is medium weight and devastatingly elegant in its delivery with sweet spice across the nose and palate. Drink 2019 to 2035.

Bonneau du Martray 2009 Corton-Charlemagne 1.5L $359.99

Corton-Charlemagne is one of the finest wines in the world, and Bonneau du Martray must be considered one of the top three estates producing this sensational wine. Bonneau du Martray’s ’09 Corton-Charlemagne is fresh and exotic on the nose with an exceptionally rich and silky body. You would struggle to find a person on the planet who would fail to appreciate what is in this bottle. Drink now to 2025.

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