2017 Domaine Joseph Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er (750ml)

2017 Domaine Joseph Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er (750ml)

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"This new estate was formed in 2016, when Joseph Colin left Domaine Marc Colin to found a domaine of his own. Happily, the separation was an amicable one. Joseph Colin has taken a share of the Marc Colin holdings, supplementing them with additional sources of his own. 2017 is the first full-scale vintage here, production amounting to some 40,000 bottles. Colin's approach, he explained to me, is to pick ripe grapes, press whole bunches and barrel down without the addition of sulfites or any settling: sulfur dioxide is added only at bottling. Wines that are more generously sulfured, he acknowledges, are more tensile and tight-knit; but the tension, he argues, comes from the sulfur, not the terroir. And Colin is happy with what he describes as 'a certain immediacy' that comes from low sulfur élevage: most of his range had been bottled when I visited, and I can attest that the wines are nicely defined but already expressive. It will be interesting to follow their evolution in bottle, but it's clear that Joseph Colin is a confident new presence in the white Burgundy firmament, and I encourage readers to acquaint themselves with his wines." - WK

William Kelley (Wine Advocate, Jan. 2019):
"The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets is one of the high points of the range, revealing aromas of lemon oil, crushed rocks, honeycomb, mandarin and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with superb concentration, stony phenolic grip and an elegant sense of completeness. Readers looking to get a sense of this new domaine's potential should seek out this Caillerets. 94 points"

Neal Martin (Vinous, January 2019):
"The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er Cru is more mineral-driven on the nose compared to the Les Chenevottes, its limestone soils tangible in the glass. It opens with subtle hints of dried mango, beeswax and quince. The palate is well balanced with fine precision, and quite tensile and more backward than its peers, yet the finish feels reassuringly long. This has great potential. 93 points"