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.
Discreet wood frames ripe white orchard fruit, resin, soft earth and spiced tea aromas. There is an appealing generosity to the extract-rich flavors that possess solid volume on the textured and beautifully long finish. This opulent effort is attractive, but it presently lacks the same depth as the best in the range though it is of course possible more will develop. Tasted: Jun 2020; Drink: 2024+; Issue: 79; Rating 89-91 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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