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Bonneau du Martray sold to Screaming Eagle owner

American billionaire Stan Kroenke, owner of Screaming Eagle and majority shareholder in Arsenal football club, has bought historic Burgundy estate Bonneau du Martray, which has seen its wines served at Queen Elizabeth's birthday celebrations.


Considered one of the most prestigious estates on Corton Hill, the owning family of Domaine Bonneau du Martray has announced the sale of the majority of its shares to American businessman Enos Stanley Kroenke.

Stan Kroenke already owns Screaming Eagle in California’s Napa Valley, and is the majority owner of Arsenal football club in the UK. He has a personal fortune of $7.4 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

The deal is another example of a top Burgundy wine estate being sold to outside investors. Luxury goods group LVMH bought Clos des Lambrays in 2014, for close to 100 million euros.


Domaine Bonneau du Martray is an estate of 11 hectares located on the hills of Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses, producing only grands crus from Corton and Corton-Charlemagne. The estate is also considered a pioneer of biodynamics in Burgundy.

Its reputation is outstanding internationally and its wines were served at a private birthday dinner party in 2006 for England’s Queen Elizabeth II.

French newspaper Les Echos, quoted Armand de Maigret, director of wine operations for Stan Kroenke, as saying that the American businessman fell in love with this ‘terroir that exists nowhere else’.

Kroenke, who is rarely interviewed, reportedly wants to remain faithful to the work engendered by Jean-Charles Le Bault de la Morinière, the latest generation of a family which has owned the domaine for two centuries. He is expected to remain in his post for at least a few months.

The deal is likely to raise more discussion about France’s notoriously tricky rules around succession for family-owned wine estates that have seen the value of their land rise strongly in the last few decades.

Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy cost more than €4 million per hectare on average, according to French land agency Safer.

Alongside Screaming Eagle and Arsenal, Kroenke also owns Jonata in Santa Inez Valley and The Hilt in Santa Rita Hills.

Kroenke is the owner of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, which also includes stakes in Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NFL), Los Angeles Rams, Colorado Rapids, both in MLS.



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Bonneau du Martray has been run since 1994 by Jean Charles de la Morinière, an architect who returned to the 11-hectare family property to manage it, fine-tuning the estate that his father originally brought back to life.

In a region renowned for producing some of the greatest wines in the world, Bonneau du Martray is one of only a few estates in all of Burgundy to produce solely Grand Cru wines. For over twelve centuries, this family-run estate remains a true rarity as the single largest holding in the extraordinary white wine appellation of Corton-Charlemagne. Its vineyards lie on the choicest hillside terroir along a contiguous block stretching between ‘En Charlemagne and reaching towards Aloxe-Corton. The domaine’s 9.5 hectares of Charlemagne are planted high on the hillside, where the soil contains more clay than limestone and is more suitable for white grapes. The average age of the vines is around 45 years and yields are kept very low. The domaine is unique in its west and southwest-facing orientation, which guarantees long, slow maturation of grapes.

In 1994, Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière took over the day-to-day operation of his family’s domaine. His attention to detail and pursuit for perfection has helped grow the estate’s already remarkable reputation. In particular, Jean-Charles initiated a survey of the land’s topography and soil types, resulting in the categorization of 16 different parcels, each vinified separately and contributing a unique quality to the wines.

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Additionally, Jean-Charles has embraced a more hands-off approach to viticulture and vinification than that of his father, including adopting organic and biodynamic practices at all stages of winemaking. In the vineyard, Jean-Charles has improved drainage and terracing, reduced compaction of the soil, and plans to add new sélection massale in order to preserve the patrimony of his vines for future generations. Furthermore, herbicides and fertilizers are never used. All grapes are hand-picked, whole-cluster pressed, and vinified using indigenous yeasts. Jean-Charles also insisted on fermenting in barrel rather than stainless steel, a practice he believes gives fresher, richer wine with betterintegrated oak flavors.

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Approximately 30% new oak is used with a 'rendement' of around 30 hectolitres per hectare. The owners, the le Bault de la Moriniere family, date back to the late 19th Century and began marketing their own domaine bottled wines from the 1970s as opposed to historically selling their harvest off to the local negociants.

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  43 wines 

2013 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet / Pale lemon yellow. Lemons, vanilla, minerals, spices, some floral notes, brighter expression for Bâtard, lighter. Fresh acidity, fresh and fruity, apples and citrus with more subdued minerals beneath, detailed and long. 95p

16d 19h ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  7 wines 

some weekly wines

21d 9h ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Burgundy was beset by two problems in 2004: an unprecedented outbreak of oidium (which attacks the fruit, rather than the leaves) and several attacks of hail. Moreover, the crop was more than plentiful, and the season was wetter than usual, greyer than normal and colder than the average. There was an attack of ladybirds, say some, though what effect this would have on the potential crop was not made clear. Ladybirds, after all, are major predators against aphids. September, however, was kind, and what looked like being a disaster at the beginning of the month did in fact turn out at least OK - in those vineyards correctly maintained - for reds, and better still for whites.

3m 21d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Rinaldi Barolo 2007 / Served blind. Bright ruby with sediments. Scented, tar and roses, rich nose, tea, anise, leather and cherries nose. Fresh and high acidity, high of ripe tannins, fruity and lively, intense, cherries and red berries, little bit high alcohol making it a bit sweet, long. 90p

3m 25d ago

 Andrew Graham, Wine Blogger (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Faiveley Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Beze 2007 /’07 was one of the warmest we’ve had. Very early picking’
Animale. Meaty and quite forward with a roasted meat flavour. Clearly high quality vineyard and quite silky. Is the animale ugly though? Just a little gluey. Delicious meaty flavours. So long! Beautiful silky palate. If only the earth was a little less pronounced and this would be a heartstopper. Still grand. 18.5/20, 94/100

4m 19d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  32 wines 

The 2009 white wines in the Côte d'Or are attractive but not as successful. Yes: there is no lack of ripe, succulent fruit, but here I do have to search more extensively for the sort of reserve I seek; the austerity at this stage that indicates the wine will be better at eight years old than at four.

The quality in the Mâconnais as well as Chablis has been to some extent compromised by their local weather conditions. In general I prefer the 2008s and 2010s in both cases, but there are no long faces. It may be the Côte de Beaune and the Côte Chalonnaise have got the best of it this year, as far as white wines are concerned; but elsewhere growers are nevertheless more than happy. The Beaujolais crus, on the other hand, are terrific. These are the best Beaujolais I have enjoyed for many a year.

7m 14d ago

 Thomas Alsgaard, Pro (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Martha's Vineyard 1970, Sassicaia 1970, Grange 1970, Unico 1970 etc.

7m 18d ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Chateau de Beaucastel 'Hommage a Jacques Perrin' 2001 (magnum)

Beaucastel has had some problems with the dreaded brett in the past but any suggestion of such issues now seem to be well behind it. Certainly, no evidence of it here. No evidence of anything but a stupendous wine. One sometimes wonders if some of the Rhone wines that have come out in recent years as 'flagships', with monumental price tags, are intended for nothing other than to jump on the Parker bandwagon and cash in while they can, with massive, overheated wine bombs. This is certainly a wine that has attracted very favourable reviews from Parker and high points. Well, he got it spot on. This is a brilliant, wonderful wine.

First made in 1989, it is a curious blend of 60% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 10% syrah and 10% counoise, though that can change in certain years such as 1998 which favoured grenache. It is only made in top years and only in small quantities, never more than 5,000 bottles, and usually considerably less.

It is ripe, big and full-flavoured. Finishes with ultra thin tannins and is incredibly long. So long. A mix of flavours with dry herbs and lots of cherry notes. This is a brilliant wine by any standard. The colour was so bright that it is simply impossible to imagine it is pushing a decade of age. It is sooo young.


11m 13d ago

 Bartholomew Broadbent / Wine Writer, Wine Importer (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  6 wines 

“1982 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru /
Very good colour, pronounced white gold, no signs of oxidation. Nose, very good condition. Still youthful with a bit of dafodile aroma. Creamy, yeasty, soft Petite Suisse. Palate; outstanding. Very pronounced, very rich and long. Incredibly powerful. Voluptuous. Evolved. Very concentrated and luscious. Drink within next 15 years. It evolved in the glass, the nose becoming toasty oak, flint with honey, developed strong strawberry and cream aromas. Pavlova nose of strawberries, cream and merengue. On the palate it developed pavlova flavours too.”

1y 2m ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“In 2010 prices rose in Burgundy, but not by much. Growers were already aware of the deficit in quantity when they announced their 2009 prices, so a gentle shading upwards (I speak in Euros), was the order of the day, except that the elastic between the village wines and the less fashionable premiers crus on the one hand, and the grands crus and top village premiers crus on the other, continues to widen. You will pay increasingly higher prices for Richebourg, Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières and Vosne-Romanée, Les Beaumonts, while Savigny-Lès-Beaune, premier cru and Paul Jacqueson's Rully, La Pucelles remain a bargain.”

1y 2m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Bonneau du Martray . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Hermitage La Chapelle 1978 / "Youthful colour. Deep bouquet of cedar, cassis, hrbs. On the palate a nice melange of eukalyptus, candied fruits, silky tannins. This bottle was extremely young and almost forbidding until it opened up."”

1y 4m ago

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