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Philippe Colin Chassagne Montrachet 2015

Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
  • WS91
13% ABV
  • RP90
  • V90
  • WS92
  • WS91
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Winemaker Notes

This Chassagne-Montrachet village is a standard in Burgundy, flaunting a pronounced minerality and appealing citrus, raw almond and green apple notes. Well balanced with a bright acidity, there is an underlying essence of butter on the fine, mineral cut finish.

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 barrel (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. Fifty barrels are produced of this wine.

Critical Acclaim

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A broad style, delivering floral, peach and apple aromas and flavors, with a deft touch of oak. This is balanced and lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2023.
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Philippe Colin

Philippe Colin

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Philippe Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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Domaine Philippe COLIN was born in 2004 and now operates 11.5 ha of vines around the village of Chassagne Montrachet. The annual production reaches today 90.000 bottles. The white wines and the red wines are declined in 28 different appellations, some of which represent very small cuvées, allowing you to discover the diversity and richness of the terroirs.

Chassagne-Montrachet

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A Côte de Beaune village most famous for its beautifully textured and powerful whites, Chassagne-Montrachet reaches farthest south in the Côte d’Or, save for the village of Santenay. It has three Grands Crus vineyards: Le Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. Le Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet overlap with and are (confusingly) shared with the village of Puligny-Montrachet. But Chassagne-Montrachet bears sole ownership of the Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru.

The beauty doesn’t stop there as the village has a great many outstanding Premiers Crus wines and village level wines. Most famous Premiers Crus vineyards include Les Chenevottes, Clos de la Maltroie, En Cailleret and Les Ruchottes. Also, village level wines offer many lovely examples of what Chassagne-Montrachet has to offer, but at more approachable price points and perhaps less demand of waiting.

The best sites in Chassagne-Montrachet have complex soils of sedimentary rock and limestone (with less marl). Whites, which are by law composed of 100% Chardonnay (as in all classified white Burgundy from Côte d’Or), have steely power, bright and concentrated citrus, stone or tropical fruit characteristics and attractive textures ranging from plush to tactile, grippy and mineral-driven.

There is some fine Pinot noir produced from the village. These wines tend to be high-toned and earthy, with wild herb aromas and suave tannins.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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