Christmas has come early. We have unearthed a parcel of classic white Burgundy from Philippe Colin at prices last seen 4 years ago – a saving of around 37%. Of perfect provenance, this could be the offer of the year, especially considering the huge demand for Burgundy and the small 2016 vintage.
Domaine Colin-Deléger in Chassagne-Montrachet was split in 2003 when Michel retired, with sons Bruno and Philippe sharing the vineyards. Philippe’s vinification has not changed since his father’s running of Colin-Deléger and the whites receive 25% new oak each year. The style is classic and mineral, showing a fine texture and fragrant bouquet. There is good structure for ageing, even at the lower level.
The Saint-Aubin ‘rivals Chassagne Premier Cru in quality’, writes Remington Norman in The Great Domaines of Burgundy. Chenevottes is a Premier Cru close to Puligny (and Le Montrachet for that matter), expressing a richer side of white Burgundy. Maltroie generally shows limy notes and a finer structure.
2013 is an elegant, textured vintage with good fruit concentration and length, while 2011 is a softer vintage and already offers good drinkability.
‘At the top of the heap’ – Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator
Or R 3,670 per 6-pack »
(Includes 1 of each 2013 and 2 of each Chassagne 1er Cru)
Domaine Philippe Colin Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Combes 2013 – R 395
The 2013 Saint Aubin les Combes has another very expressive bouquet with hints of mango and overripe Satsumas combining nicely with the mineral component. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite refined, although it just eases off a little prematurely on the tapered finish. Otherwise I envisage this slipping down the throat with ease. – Wine Advocate, 88-90 points
Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2013 – R 495
White flower and lime blossom aromas signal this elegant, lemony white, which is vibrant and linear, with fine harmony and a lingering, minerally finish. Drink now through 2022. – Wine Spectator, 91 points
Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie 2011 – R 695
This racy white displays lemon verbena, apple, mineral and oak spice flavors. The vivid structure offers support as this cleanses on the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2023. – Wine Spectator, 91 points
Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 2011 – R 695
A round white, with apple and melon flavors. Spice and citrus accents add depth, keeping this juicy and bright on the lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice. Best from 2015 through 2022. – Wine Spectator, 91 points