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Philippe Colin, Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 2019
The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers 1er Cru has a distinctly stony, reserved, precise bouquet that needs more encouragement from the glass compared with the La Maltroie. The well-balanced palate offers attractive veins of blood orange and dried mango. There is lovely weight in the mouth and impressive precision on the finish. This is a Chassagne-Montrachet destined to be impossible not to like.
-- Neal Martin
We make taut, balanced wines with beautiful acidity. We use pneumatic press for slow and soft extraction of the juice. No over-ripeness here. Vinification takes place in temperature-controlled tanks, where alcoholic fermentation starts on natural yeasts. Ever since 2011, the cork has been pushed down an extra 2 to 3 mm at bottling, and topped with technical wax before shipping. This helps us to fight premox and preserve the wine’s integrity. We want every bottle in a case to taste the same! We only use big barrels for the whites (450 and 500 liters) to limit the influence of the wood. We work with five different cooperages who provide us medium toast and fine grain barrels. We do some batonnage to add body and then bottle by gravity after a light filtration.
Established in 2014, Philippe Colin got founded by the winemaker of the same name. Philippe started his winemaking journey early on in his life. He studied oenology and viticulture at Beaune. After completing his studies, Philippe began to get invested in his family business around 1988. He worked at Domaine Michel Colin-Deleger in the commune of Chassagne-Montrachet along with his parents.
Philippe’s brother, Bruno, began to work with them a few years later. For over sixteen years, the whole Colin family put their efforts into a plot of a total area screeching over 18 hectares. During this course of time, Philippe acquired numerous beneficial skills from his parents. The new things that he learnt transformed him into a passionate and ambitious winemaker. From then on, he started to assert himself more and become engaged in the family business. It led to the growth of an idea and aspiration in his mind. It was the goal of setting up and building his domaine.
In 2004, Philippe’s parents, Michel and Bernadette, put their retirement plan into action. It allowed the two Colin brothers to finally make and realise their decision of developing their unique business. They wished to implement and incorporate their distinctive approaches and practices of winemaking. It resulted in the establishment and setup of Philippe Colin.
Today, Philippe Colin takes a hands-off method and approach to agriculture and viticulture. The workers in the winery’s vineyards try to maintain minimal contact and intervene as little as possible. They work with the notion and belief of allowing Nature to do its job. For that reason, Philippe Colin prevents using phytosanitary items and products. Additionally, during harvest season, the workers in the field hand-pick the grapes. They do so only after they ensure that the grapes have reached a desired level of maturity.
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