Chassagne-Montrachet: Domaine Bruno Colin Premier Cru 'Les Chaumées' 2018
Top-class Premier Cru white Burgundy from a rising star in one of the great Chardonnay appellations of the world. The ‘Les Chaumées’ lieu-dit is situated on the east-facing slopes above the village of Chassagne-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune.
Aromatic nose chock-full of elegant fruit and white flower scents. This complex Chardonnay wine has a delicious saline minerality with wonderful tension and purity. Clean zesty citrus and stone fruit flavours are held together by a touch of toasty oak and a rich finish to die for. Already indulgent enough to enjoy young, the taut, mineral backbone suggests further complexity will develop in bottle with age.
From a large plot in the ‘Les Chaumées’ lieu-dit, this Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachetis made from vines planted in 1956, 1988 and 2003. Bordering St-Aubin and just above the 1er Cru ‘Les Vergers’, ‘Les Chaumées’ refers to the Burgundian name for straw/chaff ‘la chaume’, removed from fields after harvest. Delicious now, yet has the structure and legs to age gracefully, developing further complexity for a decade at least after harvest.
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||Cheese, Chicken and Turkey|
|Cellarage||Drink 2 to 10+ years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Grapes are manually sorted in the vineyard after hand-harvested before a gentle pressing using pneumatic presses before settling and fermentation on the fine lees in oak barrels (20 to 25% new). Aged in barrel for 12 months before being racked and blended in stainless steel vats for 3 to 6 months. Fining and filtering if required before being bottled at the Domaine.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
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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