Domaine Philippe Colin
Part of the famous Colin dynasty, Philippe set up his own domaine in 2004 and established himself in a brand new cuverie on the outskirts of the village, next door to Jean-Marc Pillot. Pierre-Yves Colin Morey and Michel Niellon have also recently relocated there and are his latest neighbours. As he has settled in to his new surroundings so the wines have moved up a gear and there is now an understated confidence that runs through the wines. New oak is well managed and the wines have good vitality to match their accessible fruit. His village Chassagne always runs out too early and we never have enough whilst his 1ers Crus are just getting better and better, combining a charming creaminess with a sense of place.
Winemaker: Philippe Colin
Hectares: 13 hectares
St Aubin 1er Cru
Montagny 1er Cru
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (red and white)
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
The vineyard lies to the north of the village on the Puligny border and the vines are now 55 years old (a small proportion being over 80 years). The wine comes across as more backward and yet has noticeably greater depth and a higher mineral component. The most serious of the lineup of 1er crus and will reward with a little extra time in the cellar. Drink from 2021. The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes 1er Cru has the most mineral-driven bouquet of three tasted blind from this vineyard; it is taut and linear, a little more Puligny-esque than its peers. The palate is well balanced, with a lip-smacking saline note that really gets the saliva flowing. There is a great deal of buoyancy and vivacity contained in this Chassagne-Montrachet, and it should repay cellaring if so desired. That said, I would not discourage anyone from cracking this open now. Drink from 2019-2030. 91 points. Neal Martin.
The vines here are between 40 and 80 years old. Excellent intensity and effortless concentration with real length and volume on the finish. Very promising.
This is the first vintage of this wine, which comes from a tiny, almost triangular-shaped vineyard that sits just above the top left hand corner of Chevalier Montrachet. Only 3 barrels were made (there should be more in 2017!) so very limited volumes available. This was the most backward of the 1ers Cru as one might have expected but some excellent potential.
Only 4 barrels of this rather than the usual dozen or so were made in 2016. It is pretty with fresh fruit and raciness and underlyijng stone. Very attractive.
On the nose, a nice step up in richness and complexity from the village wine. Decent breadth and very satisfying in the mouth. The fruit is wonderfully ripe showing stone fruit and some tropical notes, beautifully balanced with a mouthwatering citrus finish. Drink from 2019.
Bright, concentrated green fruits and and a very appealing approachability. Already very much `en place`.
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