CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET

2019 Domaine Joseph Colin

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Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Chassagne Montrachet
ABV 14%

(from Les Meix Goudard, Blanchots Dessous and En Journoblot). A completely different aromatic profile presents notes of resin, orange peel, pear and a whiff of petrol. The delicious and attractively textured medium weight flavors are not especially dense but do offer fine depth and persistence on the punchy finale. This plump effort should drink well early yet also be capable of rewarding 5 to 8 years of development. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2021)

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The 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Village has a light, slightly chalky bouquet, more Puligny than Chassagne in style. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite saline and surprisingly malic given the growing season. Fine tension and energy on the finish, this is classy Chassagne not a million miles away from Sébastien Caillat’s in style. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)

Sweet, creamy nose. Good balance and already fun to drink but not ridiculously forward. Very confident wine even if it may not have an enormously long life. Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2021)

From Meix Godard, Blanchots Dessous, En Journoblot. Slightly fuller yellow and a little more reductive. Very good tension, 30 hl/ha this year, so really good concentration too, this stands up well after the 1er cru St-Aubins. Joseph thinks that many people pick too late. This wine is certainly a good argument in favour of his choice of harvest date. Tasted: October 2020 **** Rating: 90-93 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Dec 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 after that 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 2020 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. Generally nothing is either fined or filtered. He is very aware of biodynamics, but says that the tides are more important than just the phase of the moon, and that he places less importance on whether it's a fruit or flower day - for him the important thing is not to manipulate a wine when it's tasting good - you must do it when it's not showing well.

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

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