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Les Champs Gains has richer soil, with some clay. Damien keeps a close eye as the parcel has a propensity to over-ripen if left unchecked. This was picked early, on 1st September, and the fruit is plush and delicate, but persuasive. Some lightly tropical pineapple is matched by ripe lemon and a fresh saline nuance. Outstanding.
The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champs Gain 1er Cru has a tad more complexity and vigour than the Les Chenevottes at the moment, quite precise with yellow stone fruit, orange pith and crushed stone aromas surfacing with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, crisp and precise with a lightly spiced, quite animated finish that leaves the tongue tingling on the aftertaste. Enjoy this over the next decade. (DIAM closure) 2020 - 2030
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.