CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET ROUGE
2017 Domaine Joseph Colin
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Joseph is not really aiming for huge complexity with his reds, but croquant Pinot character, and this has a lovely briary Pinot fruit, and a suave, firm feel - to drink from 2020. L&S (Sep 2018)
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A wild strawberry-stashed chassagne, with magnificent, crunchy red fruit, plus a refined, tobacco-leaf finish.Jane MacQuitty, The Times(Feb 2019)
Aromas of smoky plums and raspberries introduce the 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge, a medium-bodied, ample wine with juicy acids and melting tannins. It's an easygoing, uncomplicated effort that will drink well young. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 87 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jan 2019)
Pale and lively. Sweet fruit start and really rather charming. Nicely polished. Perceptible drive. GV Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.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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