Philippe Colin’s wines continue to impress.
Although not the most demonstrative of growers, Philippe is clearly pleased with the results of his 2017s. For starters, harvest is double the miserly quantity of 2016 produced (my innocent query “does that mean it will be half the price?” was met with a wry grin).He says that Chardonnay performs better with a larger harvest, and he has now taken on more vineyards from his parents and other owners. Good news about volumes aside, the quality is of course what we care most about, and this only continues to delight. There is excellent depth of fruit in both the village and 1er cru Chassagnes and as usual, oak use is well managed. These are really compelling wines.
What to drink with... mushroom risotto.
Mushrooms frequently make a wine taste better than it might otherwise appear, maybe something to do with the fungus’s umami – that savoury pleasant flavour.
Given the risotto is quite creamy, a Pinot Noir and its acidity will work well, whether New World or Old World. Whites are supposedly the colour for risottos so try an oaked Chardonnay, or our choice Chenin Blanc Reserve from the Western Cape. Or how about our fruity refreshing rosé from Italy: Castello di Ama Rosato – at a whacking 13% it’s a red in pink clothing.
- Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Maltroie, 2016BurgundyChardonnay
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