A subtle and reserved style, this has great layers of mineral intensity. It is full and complex yet also very harmonious. An extraordinarily complete wine highlighting the reserved power that one seeks from the village’s 1er Crus.
A discreet application of wood sets off the notes of resin, rosemary, lemon zest and ripe white orchard fruit aromas. The supple medium-bodied flavors manage to retain a good sense of detail and underlying tension before terminating in a saline-infused finish. I really like the delivery and harmony and while at present the complexity is only average but my score assumes that more will develop over time. Drink 2017+
Seems a little diffuse on the nose. Lacks the precision of the Vide Bourse. Finish is a little diffuse. Drink 2015-2020
One of our favourite Burgundy estates, Domaine Marc Colin produces year-in and year-out, some of the most balanced, expressive wines in the Côte de Beaune. Their strict principles of using only natural yeast, having a slow, cool fermentation and little ‘débourbage' (draining the juice fromits sediment) contributes to their pure, fresh flavours and impeccable balance. The domaine is now run by brothers Pierre-Yves, Damien and Joseph who took over from their semi-retired father several years back. The "changing of the guard" has had little effect on the wines. The only notable difference is less stirring of the lees in order to retain the wines' mineral undertones. And as aresult, they are as delicious and sincere as ever.
The white wines of Chassagne Montrachet can be difficult to distinguish from Puligny. At their most typical they are slightly fleshier and more hedonistic, but are often just as mineral and refined making the two almost inseparable. When distinguishable, they offer notes of honeysuckle, lime blossom and honey. Many have become quite approachable when young. It is larger than Puligny with vineyards totalling over 330 hectares. Though it shares both the grand cru vineyards of Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachet, it has sole ownership of the miniscule Criots Bâtard Montrachet. Similar to Puligny, Chassagne also grows Pinot Noir, which can be austere when young. A small amount of red Chassagne is also made.