Philippe Colin

Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru les Chaumees 2018

R1,550

A very elegant, structured and mineral-driven wine leading into a lingering impact

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Additional information

Additional information

Critics Top Rating

94 points

Grape Variety

Chardonnay

Producer

Philippe Colin

Product Type

White Wine

Vintage

2018

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence

Wine Region

Burgundy

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Summer Wines

Story

Story

The 11.5-ha domaine of Philippe Colin started in 2004 when Philippe and his brother Bruno partitioned the family Domaine Colin-Deléger.

His style is pure and elegant, with a true expression of terroir sites and limited new oak treatment, with increasingly larger format barrels that stock the cellar.

A producer with a foot in South Africa as he took over Topiary vineyard in Franschhoek in 2015.

Specifications

Specifications

100% Chardonnay

The Les Chaumées vineyard is situated at the edge of Chassagne-Montrachet, bordering Saint-Aubin. It is the highest positioned vineyard directly above the premier cru sites of Les Vergers and Les Chenevottes. Philippe’s parcel is on the lower section of the sloping, stony vineyards which receive northeast exposure. Clos Saint-Abdon refers to this big patch of land that used to be surrounded by a wall, inside Les Chaumées. Shallow soils have a higher limestone content than clay, imparting a bracing minerality. The average age of the vines is approximately 30 years, as some are being replanted. However, the largest portion is 50 years old. The vineyards are trained in the Single Guyot method and farmed sustainably, following la lutte raisonnée (the practice of using less chemicals, less often, less aggressively than conventional growers), with rigorous plowing and minimal use of chemical sprays.

The handpicked grapes were gently pressed and the juice was racked to stainless steel tanks, where it underwent natural fermentation. The wine was then moved to French oak barrels (25% new, combination of 228L, 450L and 500L) for malolactic fermentation. It was aged in barrel for 12 months, with periodic lees stirring and then racked to tank where it rested for two to three months before a light filtration and bottling.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Les Chaumées is a consistent, very elegant, mineral-driven wine resulting from the high limestone content of the soils in which it is grown. Flint and smoke on the nose segue to an impossibly structured palate that showcases notes of vibrant citrus fruit and rounded edges that taper off into a focused, lingering finish.

 

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 94 points

Fleshy and supple, with taut and well-defined flavors of peach, apple, lemon cake and buttered pastry. There is beautiful harmony here and it’s almost seamless at this young stage. Terrific length, with a peach cobbler and spice aftertaste. Drink now through 2028


Wine Advocate (2017)

This 13-hectare domaine, based in Chassagne-Montrachet’s ZAC, dates back to 2004, when Philippe and brother Bruno partitioned the former Domaine Colin-Deléger. Philippe Colin exudes an air of quiet seriousness, and his style is pure and elegant, beautifully defined by site, eschewing any stylistic successes. New oak is only a modest presence, and it’s increasingly larger format barrels that stock this cellar. This tasting was very impressive indeed, and I encourage readers to seek out these wines. Clearly, the domaine flies somewhat under the radar when one considers the quality to be found in the bottle.

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