Bourgogne: Domaine Bruno Colin Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 2021
Bruno Colin’s Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc comes from the top slopes of the largely south-east and east-facing hills of the Côte de Beaune. This has a classic Chardonnay nose of citrus and white peach set against a mineral streak typical of the Domaine style. Its characteristic acidity remains fresh, enlivening the aromas that follow through to the palate.
Covering an area of some 29 villages, the appellation of Hautes Côtes de Beaune dates from 1961 and is predominantly planted to Pinot Noir, with just 20% devoted to Chardonnay. Perched some 290-485m above sea level, between 100-200m higher than the Côte de Beaune appellation, vines are harvested on average around a week later. Soils remain chalky with some sandstone and clay, some marl and limestone.
In warm vintages and as temperatures warm, the increased altitude has helped vines retain freshness. In vintages where there has been a long warm summer, ripening has brought such vines to full maturity, enhancing their vivacity.
Serve with: Roast chicken, sole meunière or cauliflower cheese. Dishes with buttery or creamy sauces.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Côte de Beaune|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chardonnay|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 3 to 7 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Grapes are manually sorted in the vineyard before after hand picking then gently pressed using pneumatic presses before settling and fermentation on the fine lees in oak barrels (20 to 25% new). Aged in barrel for 10 months.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
Domaine Bruno Colin
Third-generation vigneron Bruno Colin grew up on the family domaine Michel Colin-Deleger on the Côte de Beaune. After training in viticulture at the prestigious school of Beaune, he began working with his parents and brother on the family vines in 1993. Ten years later the family split the domaine between cousins, and the eponymous Domaine Bruno Colin was born - with his first vintage in 2004. Now extending to almost nine hectares, Bruno has holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint- Aubin, Santenay and Dezize-les-Maranges in the Côte-Chalonaise. With vines across 22 appellations including eight Premiers Crus Whites in Chassagne-Montrachet, Bruno strives to reflect each differing terroir in his wines. His distinctive style focuses on expressing freshness and minerality and the best examples show a superb balance of tension and texture.
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