2012 Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Chenevottes" (Elsewhere $70)

SKU #1257573 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2012 tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Chenevottes did not really perform when I tasted it from barrel, but it appears to have blossomed into quite a lovely wine. Here, it has a stony, slightly pithy bouquet with fresh pear and lime flower notes, demonstrating little more complexity and nuance than the Les Vergers 2012. The palate is fresh and crisp, nicely integrated oak, candied peach and pineapple surfacing towards the finish that feels quite long and refined. This is a very commendable Chassagne from the domaine. (NM)  (10/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Green-tinged yellow. White peach, lemon and spices on the nose, plus an exotic hint of honey. Ripe and already sexy, offering lovely sweetness and attractive framing acidity to its flavors of pear nectar, yellow peach, pineapple and spices. Perhaps a bit youthfully aggressive but this boasts good definition of flavor and plenty of personality. (ST)  (9/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Flamboyant yet charming, featuring apricot, peach, grapefruit and baking spice flavors. Opulent but not soft, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2022. (BS)  (9/2015)

87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This flirts with being exotic with its nose of dried yellow fruit aromas that includes whispers of pineapple and nectarine. Here too there is very fine mid-palate concentration that imparts a succulent mouth feel to the solidly complex and sneaky long finish...  (6/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Toffee, caramel and baked apple – so charming! Evident oak influence, but wholly integrated. Lovely leesy texture and an orange pith bitterness rounds off the finish. Delicious and complex. 17.5/20 points (RH)  (1/2014)

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Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.