Michel Colin was the third generation in his family to grow grapes in Burgund’s prestigious Côte de Beaune. When he retired in 2003, he handed the property over to his sons, Philippe and Bruno, who split the holdings between them to bottle under separate labels. With the help of his wife, Stéphanie, Bruno farms eight hectares of land, in thirty different parcels scattered over five communes, with sometimes as little as just a few rows per parcel. To farm under these circumstances is quintessentially Burgundian, where the old Napoleonic codes of inheritance (evolved from Roman law) divide property equally among offspring. Parcels farmed by any one family continue to get smaller and smaller as they are distributed among relatives.
The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru En Remilly has a subtle tropical note on the nose, a little more "richesse" than Bruno's other premier crus, with hints of mango and tangerine coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with coconut, quince and apricot – certainly the most exotic of the Chassagne premier crus with a long, joyful finish. This will be the kind of Chassagne you glug away far too quickly. Rating: 89-91; Drink: 2015-2021; Date: Dec 2014; Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com #216
An expressive and highly complex nose is composed of spiced pear, exotic dried fruit and white flowers, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. I very much like the admirable purity of the refined and well-concentrated middle weight flavors that possess a beguiling inner mouth perfume as well as terrific minerality that confers lift to the explosively long and citrus-inflected finish. This is a seriously good and beautifully balanced effort of style and grace that should age well for up to a decade. Highly recommended.Score: 93; Tasted: Jun 2015; Drink: 2021+; Issue: 59; Sweet Spot Outstanding; Allen Meadows - Burghound
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