2018 Compendium Domaine Joseph Colin

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Saint Aubin

Made from several parcels scattered around the village from the bottom to the top, and picked as far apart as the 5th to the 20th of September - some parcels being much later-ripening than others. The combination is surprisingly successful, as we saw with the 2017 which sold out fast after our autumn tasting. Rich, still bright, lots of texture and a fresh zingy finish. L&S (Oct 2019)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

A ripe and fresh nose combines notes of petrol, smoky mineral reduction, citrus peel and soft pear suggestions. The equally energetic flavors possess lovely delineation on the clean, dry and stony finish that possesses better overall flesh. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, 2020)

Aromas of green pear, fresh peach and hazelnuts introduce the 2018 Saint-Aubin Compendium, a medium to full-bodied, satiny wine that's racy but open-knit. Charming and already expressive, this will drink well on release. Drinking range: 2020 - 2033 Rating: 90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Feb 2020)

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. After making a token 1800 or so bottles on his own account in 2016, he started 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 2018 he again used no S02 until just before bottling, but he's clear that if there's some botrytis, for example, he will add it earlier. Genarally nothing is either fined or filtered.

Joseph is a very bright new prospect for lovers of precise, pure white Burgundies with fresh acidity for crystalline definition.

In 2018 Joseph picked over more than three weeks, starting on the 26th August and not finishing the last plots until the 20th of September.

Christmas Burgundy White Mixed Case

In our recent, 'socially-distanced' tasting for the press we were most bowled over by the warm reception received by the White Burgundy selection. There really is nothing like it, and at this time of year it really is a 'go-to' white for many, when you drink a bottle of great White Burgundy you rapidly remember why.

This super selection takes you from the fine-lined wines of Chablis in the extreme north of Burgundy on a journey down the gleaming Cote d'Or and finishes in the deep south of the Mâconnais with some of our prized producers here. What a journey! The wines are intriguing and individual but all with the pedigree you'd expect from this hallowed region. That's a perfect time to be drinking these stellar wines.

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