2017 1er Cru Chenevottes Domaine Joseph Colin
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Fleshy expression like the Saint Aubin la Combe. Saline too, but even richer. A lovely savoury edge which gives it almost an umami feel. Long, chewy mineral finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 L&S (Sep 2018)
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The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes offers up a textbook bouquet of musky peach, honey and crisp yellow orchard fruit, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate that's nicely layered, with vibrant balancing acids that temper its gourmand core of fruit, concluding with a chalky finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Feb 2019)
Nicely sculpted fruit with some strong mineral notes and a heavy dose of lime too. Long. Drinking range: 2023 - 2029 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)
The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes 1er Cru has a generous bouquet, perhaps not possessing the same precision as some of its fellow 2017s, but displaying baking powder and white flower aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The supple palate is fresh on the entry, with attractive roundness and orange peel and pink grapefruit notes, leading to a detailed, understated finish. Give it two or three years for the aromatics to step up a gear. Drinking range: 2021 - 2034 Rating: 91+ Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2019)
Domaine Joseph Colin
Joseph Colin is one of the four children of Marc Colin (the others being Pierre-Yves, Damien and Caroline), who had a large domaine with vines in Saint Aubin, Santenay, Chassagne and Puligny. Pierre-Yves left the family domaine in 2005 and since then Joseph was an important member of the team there. Now he has decided to leave, making a token 1800 or so bottles in 2016, before starting in earnest with 2017, with seven hectares of vines, from which he makes an astonishing nineteen different cuvées.
Most of the vines he has in Saint Aubin are young, but by limiting bunches to six or seven per vine, he manages to control the yields. With plenty of time to learn his craft at Domaine Marc Colin, he has developed into a confident winemaker. He experimented with sulphur levels in the wines at the family domaine, so coming to his current view that the wines should be left the longest time possible without added S02, perhaps adding some at racking, but if he feels there's still enough C02 after racking, he will not even add any at that stage, so as to develop 'wine at its purest', but he is keen to say also that he has no standard recipe - he will adapt to each wine. In 2017 he used no S02 until just before bottling, but if there's some botrytis, for example, he will add it earlier.
Joseph is a very bright new prospect for lovers of precise, pure white Burgundies with fresh acidity for crystalline definition.
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