Philippe Colin

Philippe Colin Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2017

R5,995

A Grand cru of expertly crafted elegance, rich, complex and seemingly endless

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Additional information

Critics Top Rating

95 points

Grape Variety

Chardonnay

Producer

Philippe Colin

Product Type

White Wine

Vintage

2017

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Burgundy

Curated Selection

Top Rated

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

Chevalier-Montrachet is one of the five grand cru sites on the border of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. Shallow, well-drained soils of limestone and calcareous clay on very sloping inclines impart a delicacy to the wines grown here. Philippe Colin works a tiny parcel (14 rows) of a mere 0.6 acre of this site. The average age of the vines, which are trained in the Single Guyot method, is approximately 50 years, ranging from 37 to 60 years old. 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.

Maturity levels tend to be very high in Chevalier-Montrachet prompting the farm to take extra caution to ensure that the grapes are picked in time. The handpicked fruit was gently pressed and the juice was racked to stainless steel tanks, where it underwent natural fermentation. The wine was moved to French oak barrels (40% new, combination of 228L, 450L and 500L) for malolactic fermentation. It was aged in barrel for 15 months, with periodic lees stirring and then racked to tank where it rested for two months before a light filtration and bottling. Six barrels made.

 

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Stunning aromas of butterscotch and caramel seduce the senses guiding to a tightly wound, yet explosive, fine-tuned palate that exudes elegance and is reminiscent of the limestone terroir that the grapes stem from.  Preserved lemons, marzipan, pears and honey notes flood the perfectly balanced, complex mouthfeel. Luxurious and intense, this powerful bottling leaves a lasting impression in the seemingly endless, textured finish.

 

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Advocate – 95 points

The 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru is immensely promising, unfurling in the glass with an appropriately reserved nose of lemon oil, candle wax, white currants, toasted bread and dried spring flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and layered with a satiny attack, excellent concentration at the core and a long, expansive finish. This must number among the best kept secrets in grand cru white Burgundy, and I encourage readers to seek it out.

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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