2017 1er Cru Chatenière Domaine Joseph Colin

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Saint Aubin
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Chatenière

Joseph describes his plot in Chatenière as late-ripening - he picks it last of all - making fresh, bright wines. It is so steep that he leaves it grassed-over to avoid erosion. But 2017 was a hot year and the grapes small, and this has a lovely core of fruit and a soft touch on the palate despite the good acidity. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027 L&S (Sep 2018)

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The 2017 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru La Chatenière exhibits aromas of lime and lemon zest, crushed rock and white flowers, followed by a bright and incisive medium to full body, with a nicely concentrated core of crunchy fruit and a long, penetrating finish. This is a very promising Chatenière. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 92-92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jan 2019)

Some softness and charm but with a tight finish. Lots of intensity. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2019)

1er Cru La Chatenière, Domaine Joseph Colin shows superb freshness, polish and grandeur. Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes 2019)

The 2017 Saint-Aubin La Chatenière 1er Cru offers complex aromas of dried honey, crushed stone and a hint of licorice, all well defined and gaining intensity with aeration. The well-balanced palate is a bit of a live wire thanks to the nervosité, and quite penetrating toward the finish, which leaves a spicy tang, almost like curry leaf, on the aftertaste. Excellent. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035Neal Martin, 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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