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.
Notes of petrol, citrus rind and pear liqueur precede bigger, richer and slightly denser if less refined flavors culminate in a finish that is quite dry in the context of what is typical for the 2015 vintage. This is a quality Chassagne villages that could be enjoyed young or held for 4 to 6 years first. Tasted: Jun 2017; Drink: 2020+; Issue: 67; Rating 88 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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