With only 6 ares of this extraordinary vineyard, having the opportunity to taste it, is both a rarity and an amazing treat. A wine of so many layers, balancing a classy weight with beautiful harmony and freshness. This is very special indeed.
There are just 320 liters of the 2013 Montrachet Grand Cru that was picked around October 4 or 5, and this barrel sample had not been racked (due in three weeks time.) Unsurprisingly, there is some reduction on the nose, but there is clearly immense power and intensity here. The palate is beautifully balanced with perfect acidity and harmony. There is a nascent effortless quality in situ: precision, precision and precision, all the way to the composed finish that lingers long and tenderly in the mouth. This is an awesome follow-up to the brothers' scintillating 2011 Montrachet...maybe even better? Drink: 2019 - 2040
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.
Le Montrachet is the most famous white Burgundy Grand Cru coming from a single 8 hectare vineyard which overlaps into the communes of Puligny and Chassagne. Even as far back as the 18th century the wines of Le Montrachet had to be reserved a year in advance - a distant precursor to the en primeur system. The south east facing vineyards give the vines maximum exposure to the sun which combined with the limestone soil produces epic results.