Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Chaumées Clos St Abdon
Philippe Colin established his domaine in 2004; he had previously worked alongside his father and brother at the family domaine, Michel Colin-Deleger. (His brother, Bruno, founded his own domaine around the same time.) 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. Philippe Colin recently purchased Topiary Estate in Franschhoek, South Africa.
100% chardonnay. Les Chaumées vineyard is situated at the edge of Chassagne-Montrachet, in the alluvial fan of the Combe de Saint-Aubin. It is the highest positioned vineyard directly above the premier cru sites of Les Vergers and Les Chenevottes. Philippe’s parcel is on the lower section of the slope, it is a stony vineyards which receive northeast exposure. The shallow soils have a higher limestone content than clay, imparting a bracing minerality. A large section of the vineyard is planted with 50 years old vines and surrounded by a dry wall (clos). Handpicked. Barrel fermented (25% new, combination of 228L, 450L and 500L). Aged 14 months in barrels with periodic batonnage.
A smooth, creamy texture sets the pace for peach, honey, pastry and toasty oak aromas and flavors, all underscored by lemon oil notes, citronella intensity and vivid acidity that carries the polyphonic finish. Alluring and harmonious.