Bonneau du Martray
In 2017, to the surprise of many and to the chagrin of some defenders of French patrimonie, Domaine Bonneau du Martray was bought by American billionaire Stanley Kroenke, owner of Napa’s Screaming Eagle and Arsenal football club.
This historic estate covers a whopping 9.5 ha of prime Corton-Charlemagne and a further 1.5 ha in Pinot-planted Corton grand cru. It came to the Bonneau du Martray family in 1835 by marriage, passing down to the Le Bault de la Morinières who revived it from 1969. Jean-Charles Le Bault de la Morinière gave up his architectural practice in Paris to take over the reins in 1994. It is just one example of top family estates in Burgundy passing out of local hands. For some it is the prospect of crippling death duties that force such a decision, for others the eye-watering sums of money on offer are just too tempting for disparate family members after years and years of splits caused by Napoleonic code of inheritance. Who knows in this case, but for this estate it is onwards and upwards!