About Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Vergers 1er Cru 2013 Bruno Colin
Michel Colin was the third generation in his family to grow grapes in Burgundy within the 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 20 acres 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. In the old family winery in the center of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, he vinifies nineteen cuvées separately, twelve of which are premier cru! Bruno's three quarters of an acre in the Premier Cru Vergers vineyard has mature 35 year old vines. This wine aged in 1/3 new oak barrels for 18 months.
Wine Spectator scored this 90 points saying "Firm, taut and linear, with flavors of white peach, apple, lemon and spice fused to the frame. The finish is a bit puckering now, but long, with a hint of stone. Be patient. Best from 2018 through 2026."