Santenay: Domaine Bruno Colin 'Vieilles Vignes' 2018
While head-quartered in Chassagne-Montrachet, Bruno Colin has a number of parcels of vines in neighbouring appellations. His ‘vieilles vignes’ (old vine) Santenay is produced from vines planted in 1959, which produce intensely-flavoured Pinot Noir fruit.
Intense juicy raspberry and black cherry nose that follows through to the palate. Smooth and elegant texture balances the fresh acidity while leading to lovely length.
The spa town of Santenay lies to the south-west of Bruno Colin’s HQ in Chassagne-Montrachet. Known mainly for its Pinot Noir, its soils have a larger proportion of marl in the clay-limestone mix than appellations closer to Beaune, which force the vines to root rather deeper on its slopes. Located on 'Les Prarons-Dessus’ parcel, meaning ‘the long upper meadows’, it’s a true old-vine (Vieilles Vignes) cuvée, its vines dating from 1959. Aged in oak barrels (25% new) for a year, followed by 3-6 months in tank, it’s a concentrated elegant Pinot Noir from a top producer in the approachable rich 2018 vintage.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Côte de Beaune|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink 5 to 7+ years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Sustainable agriculture. Ploughing and earthing up to ensure good soil aeration. Grapes are manually sorted in the vineyard after hand-harvesting. Destemmed and macerated for a fortnight. Aged in oak barrels (25% new) for 10 months.|
|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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