Overview of the Wine
Philippe Colin’s heritage runs deeply in Chassagne-Montrachet, which is situated in the Côte-d’Or and inhabits only 300 residents. His father, Michel Colin-Deléger’s lineage traces back on both sides of the family to the 1850s when their ancestors settled in the area. He inherited vineyards from both the Colins and his father-in-law, the esteemed Georges Deléger. Michel founded his winery, Domaine Michel Colin-Deléger, in 1987, garnering a reputation as one of the top estates in the region, producing renowned premier and grand cru wines. In 1988, after studying vititculture in Beaune, Philippe joined his parents in the family business working closely by their sides. During this time Philippe gained a plethora of knowledge from his father, sparking his passion for winemaking. In 2004 when Michel retired (keeping just three parcels for himself), Philippe and his brother Bruno decided to split the estate into two separate domaines in order to respect their different approaches to winemaking. Domaine Philippe Colin was founded in the same year. Philippe’s efforts were soon acknowledged, with the domaine gaining an abundance of international prestige and recognition. Domaine Philippe Colin’s holdings stretch approximately 30 acres with vineyards mainly in the Chassagne-Montrachet area but also in Santenay, Puligny-Montrachet and Saint-Aubin. He covers 24 appellations in total through his selections, which are classified as Bourgogne, Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. Philippe upholds the philosophy of respecting the vineyards, intervening as little as possible to allow the purest expression of terroir to shine through, as each plot is markedly different.
Grape / Blend
Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Intense, appealing roasted coffee and chocolate covered espresso bean aromas invade the senses immediately, carrying through to the palate where ripe red fruit, cherries and rich tobacco are evident along with a vibrant acidity. Solid tannins and a hint of smoke round out the lingering finish.
92 Points - Wine & Spirits
Philippe Colin farms two parcels of vines, averaging 50 years old, covering 1.68 acres on the Santenay hill. He destems the grapes and allows them a four-day cold soak before they start to ferment in stainless steel, then ages the wine for 12 months in barrels (25 percent new). And while this 2016 shows that new oak, there’s plenty of wine underneath to make a formidable impression. The structure is austere, and if you prefer a wine with more extract, go for the Gravières (also recommended here). But if you like earthy, spicy, wild-fruited Burgundy and can handle some burly grip, this wine has a lot to offer.
91 Points - Wine Spectator
This has depth and richness to the black cherry, earth and tar aromas and flavors. The firm structure gives this the potential for short-term aging. Drink now through 2027.
Product size: 750ml