Located up on the hill towards St Aubin, this elevation affords the wine lively, mineral freshness. The vines here are a combination of old (planted in 1959) and young (planted in 2003). Some light reduction on the nose brings out the high tension of the palate. There is a pleasant phenolic grip on the finish, and the wine has a round, plush volume. Racy and full.
There is still a whiff of unabsorbed sulfur present and it's enough to push the smoky white orchard fruit and soft floral aromas to the background. The sleeker and more vibrant middle weight flavors possess a caressing mouth feel while exhibiting better length on the moderately complex finale. I like the balance and if given a few years of bottle age I expect that the overall depth will improve as well. Drink 2024+
Aromas of pineapple, anise, white pepper and flowers, plus a whiff of mineral reduction. Then tightly wound and minerally in the mouth, conveying modest ripeness and give to its lemon and underripe pineapple fruit flavors. Boasts decent intensity and a firm finish, but still a touch sour on the aftertaste.
Bruno’s estate is spread across an impressive 30+ different parcels in Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet and St Aubin. From 2016 onwards, his portfolio includes Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Desmoiselles and Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru, passed down to him by his father, Michel, who has stepped into retirement (Michel Colin-Deleger’s estate was divided between his two sons, Bruno and Philippe). Bruno’s style blends Burgundy's tell-tale minerality with luxuriant fruit. The wines tend to display generous concentration with vibrant drive. Many have the potential to age beautifully but Bruno’s wines are also notable for their open approachability in youth. His wide range of Chassagne Montrachet premiers crus captures the diverse expression of the appellation.
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.