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J. Colin Chassagne-Montrachet
J. Colin Chassagne-Montrachet

2017  

From 3 parcels all surrounding Grand Cru Criots Batard Montrachet. 70+ year old vines. Aged in barrel (25% new). Joseph is the son of Marc Colin and the younger brother of Pierre-Yves Colin, this is his first vintage from his own Domaine. -- "The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Village is very good indeed, offering up aromas of crisp peach, Anjou pear, toasted nuts, spices and honeycomb. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely concentrated, with mouthwatering acids and a long, well-defined finish. This new estate was formed in 2016, when Joseph Colin left Domaine Marc Colin to found a domaine of his own. Happily, the separation was an amicable one. Joseph Colin has taken a share of the Marc Colin holdings, supplementing them with additional sources of his own. 2017 is the first full-scale vintage here, production amounting to some 40,000 bottles. Colin's approach, he explained to me, is to pick ripe grapes, press whole bunches and barrel down without the addition of sulfites or any settling: sulfur dioxide is added only at bottling. Wines that are more generously sulfured, he acknowledges, are more tensile and tight-knit; but the tension, he argues, comes from the sulfur, not the terroir. And Colin is happy with what he describes as "a certain immediacy" that comes from low sulfur élevage: most of his range had been bottled when I visited, and I can attest that the wines are nicely defined but already expressive. It will be interesting to follow their evolution in bottle, but it's clear that Joseph Colin is a confident new presence in the white Burgundy firmament, and I encourage readers to acquaint themselves with his wines." - 91pts WA

$75.00
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