Domaine Philippe Colin Bourgogne Blanc
- Burgundy, France
Lemon and lime aromas complicated by a leesy nuance. Fat and sweet but with its sucrosité leavened by nicely integrated acidity. Made from late-picked fruit (some fruit was lost owing to late-April frost), this wine shows a honeyed quality to go with its livelier floral flavors. Nice intensity and persistence for Bourgogne. Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com
From two parcels in Chassagne and Saint Aubin, nicely combining the richness of the former and minerality of the latter (which was harvested a week later for full phenolic maturity). Philippe uses no new oak on the Bourgogne but it does spend a year in large tonneau. Clean and fresh, this is initially zippy and herbal, sweet and sappy. A creamier, softer mouthfeel develops on the mid-palate but with more than enough acidity to push through. This is once again a great house white Burg, and will drinking on release and for five or more years. /Tom Harrow
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. The definition of the fruit and transparency to the terroir impresses with Philippe’s continuing preference for large oak barrels (the crus use up to 30% new oak but two thirds tonneau for better integration) really paying dividends.
These are beautiful, beautiful wines and should be served proudly at any Burgundy lover’s table.
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