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 Maltroie comes from a 0.40 hectare parcel close to the cuverie in the "Froncement" lieu-dit. The nose is the most leesy at the moment, with touches of almond and coconut on the nose, later orange cordial. The palate is well balanced with quite a “fat” mid-palate, but fine definition and sense of tension toward the tangy marmalade-tinged finish. Very fine. Rating: 90-92; Drink: 2016-2021; Date: Dec 2014; Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com #216
An attractively cool and pure nose features notes of citrus, floral, apple and an all but invisible application of wood. There is fine volume to the concentrated and seductively textured medium weight flavors that possess slightly better depth and length on the presently firm finale. This is a lovely and ageworthy effort that is worth considering. Score: 91; Tasted: Jun 2015; Drink: 2020+; Issue: 59; Outstanding; Allen Meadows - Burghound
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