SAINT AUBIN

2017 1er Cru Clos du Meix Domaine Joseph Colin

EN PRIMEUR

Bright, firm, with a fine line of mineral - great precision. It is high up in the village and the acidity is more pronounced, but it is this that gives it the glittering definition.L&S(Jul 2018)

In Bond

75cl bottles (case of 6)

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The 2017 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos du Meix reveals aromas of yellow orchard fruits, iodine and chamomile, followed by a medium to full-bodied, glossy palate that's bright and incisive, with a pure core of fruit and a nicely defined finish. Colin notes that this is a cool terroir planted with a precociously ripening selection of Chardonnay. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 92-92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jan 2019)

Light and clean on the nose. Very juicy with some drive, but alas nothing like the precision of a Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey wine. Good length though. Intense finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)

The 2017 Saint-Aubin Clos des Meix 1er Cru has a comparatively reserved bouquet, demanding a bit of coaxing from the glass; hints of shucked oyster shell and cockle sheds emerge with time. The palate is fresh on the entry and more immediate than the nose, displaying lovely balance and well-judged acidity. Red cherry notes emerge toward a finish that, if you closed your eyes, you might misconstrue as a light red! Lovely. Drinking range: 2020 - 2034 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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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