2019 1er Cru Sous la Roche Dumay Domaine Joseph Colin

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District C么te d'Or
Sub-district C么te de Beaune
Village Saint Aubin
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 14%
Vineyard Sous la Roche Dumay

The 2019 Saint-Aubin Sous La Roche Dumay 1er Cru has a little more flair and charm than the En Remilly this year, yellow flowers, tinned peaches, hints of dried mango coming through with aeration. The palate is well balanced with tropical hints on the entry - Clementine, apricot and bitter lemon, quite spicy on the finish thanks to a dab of stem ginger. Very fine. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, (Jan 2021)

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Longer, smoother and a little more buoyant on the palate than the Compendium, this is a handsome creation in this strong portfolio. Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes (Jan 2021)

Cask sample. Fairly rich nose. And then great precision on the lemon-cough-sweets palate. Fresh, juicy, grassy. Drinking range: 2023 - 2029 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Jan 2021)

From an old plot of vines in the Sur Gamay sector, which catches the sun, so one of the higher degrees here, but it is not interesting if you pick too early, I am told. This is very attractive to sniff at, with a very clear pure fruit attached to the gentlest reductive feel. This stays within bounds on the palate and finishes on ripe apples. Very attractive in its exuberant way. Tasted: October 2020 **** Rating: 90-93 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Oct 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 cuv茅es.

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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