Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
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 Vergers vineyard is situated at the edge of Chassagne-Montrachet, in the alluvial fan of the Combe de Saint-Aubin. It is positioned directly below the premier cru site of Les Chaumées and just above premier cru Les Chenevottes. Northeast facing. Shallow soils of calcareous clay. The age of the vines ranges from 10-65 years old. Handpicked. The alcoholic fermentation starts in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. Half way through the fermentation, the juice is sent to barrels for malolactic (25% new, combination of 228L, 450L and 500L). Aged 14 months with periodic batonnage.
Rich and creamy, yet balanced by vibrant acidity, this incisive style marshals vanilla cream, pastry, peach and citrus flavors to a lingering conclusion. The expansive finish goes on and on.