About Philippe Colin 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Vergers 1er Cru
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. Philippe upholds the philosophy of respecting the vineyards, intervening as little as possible to allow the purest expression of terroir to shine through, as each plot is markedly different.
Vines are farmed sustainably, following the practice of using less chemicals, less often, less aggressively than conventional growers, with rigorous plowing and minimal use of chemical sprays. Grapes for this Premier Cru are from Les Vergers situated at the edge of Chassagne-Montrachet directly below the premier cru site Les Chaumées and just above premier cru Les Chenevottes. The soil is calcareous clay and the vines are up to 65 years of age. The grapes are hand harvested and the wine ages 12 months in French oak (25% new, combination of 228L, 450L and 500L), with periodic lees stirring. Total production is just four barrels.
The Wine Advocate scored this 93 points saying "The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers is one of the high points of the range, unfurling in the glass with a lovely bouquet of lemon oil, green apples and wheat toast. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and incisive, with good concentration and a bright line of mouthwatering acidity. Vibrant and pure, it is well worth seeking out."
Wine Spectator scored this 93 points saying "Rich and creamy, yet balanced by vibrant acidity, here’s an incisive style that marshals its vanilla cream, pastry, peach and citrus flavors to a lingering conclusion. The expansive finish goes on and on. Best from 2020 through 2025."