Philippe Colin

Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2020

R1,195

A vibrant, elegantly balanced wine of appealing minerality, a perfect introduction to the prestigious appellations

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Additional information

Additional information

Critics Top Rating

94 points

Grape Variety

Chardonnay

Producer

Philippe Colin

Product Type

White Wine

Vintage

2020

Wine Group

Boutique, 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 vineyards cultivated for this village wine are planted in limestone and calcareous clay soils with a high clay content, situated just below the slopes of the premier cru vineyards of Chassagne. The vines range in age from 35-40 years old and are trained in the Single Guyot method. The vineyards are 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.

Fifteen different parcels are combined in this cuvée, some from the Santenay side but most from Chassagne-Montrachet and the Puligny-Montrachet side. The latter two which comprise 65% of the final blend, were vinified and matured in barrel separately. All of the grapes were handpicked and gently pressed with the juice being run to stainless steel tanks, where it underwent natural fermentation. The wine was then moved to French oak barrels (25% new) for malolactic fermentation. It was aged in barrel for 11 months, with periodic lees stirring and then racked to tank where it was blended and rested for an additional few months before a light filtration, final blending and bottling.

Vegan friendly

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

This Chassagne-Montrachet is very linear with apple, quince and pear notes that are focused and refined. Beautifully structured, the bright acidity is balanced with a creamy, lingering finish.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 94 points – Editor’s Choice

This is a perfumed, citrusy expression of village-level Chassagne-Montrachet packed with pert, juicy green-apple and Meyer-lemon flavors. WINEMAG.COM | 37 While matured in 25% new oak, the fruit-focused wine balances its smokier, spicier intonations well alongside a bristling salty finish. Lovely young, the wine should maintain peak through 2027. Editors’ Choice.


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.


Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy – 90 points

A paler colour with a light green tint. The bouquet is quite restrained. Some fresh apples on the palate, the thread of useful acidity which looks to be typical this year and notably more length on the palate. No more than middle weight but good energy. Three to five years.

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