2014 Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne Montrachet "Les Vergers" 1er Cru
This opulent wine is full of ripe fruit and has a generous texture. Apricot and pear flavors give richness that is cut by acidity that gives the wine tremendous lift. The toast adds the lightest touch at the end. Drink from 2019.
Racy and rich, with a core of peach, lemon, spice and pastry flavors. Beautifully balanced, presenting a long aftertaste of toast. Best from 2017 through 2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers might well be the most conservative, the strictest on the nose from the domaine this year, and needed the most encouragement from the glass. The palate is well balanced, very saline, a strong sea influence here with bitter lemon driving the finish. It just calls out for a huge plate of fruits de mer! Very fine, very distinctive. Philippe Colin is a quiet, taciturn winemaker. He doesn't say too much, nothing more than necessary. But he's quietly gone and made some of the best wines that I tasted from Chassagne-Montrachet in 2014. These wines speak for themselves. He told me that he encountered no particular problems during the growing season, just a brush of hail in Puligny Demoiselles and Chevalier-Montrachet, waited for maturity, unsheathing the secateurs on September 11 and harvested for nine days. The malolactic passed relatively early and he stabilized the wines straight after. Despite the early malolactic, he feels that the 2014s are a little closed at the moment, though the premier crus appear to express their respective terroirs. I concur. I found wonderful tension and energy in these wines, genuine animation and class. They are not the most flamboyant, but their nuances gradually reveal themselves as they open in the glass. I hope this quality will be translated into bottle and look forward to re-tasting them. Bravo!
Pale yellow. Aromas of orchard fruits, herbs and spices, plus a suggestion of mirabelle. Plush and enveloping but with good energy to the fine-grained flavors of pear and honey. A note of pepper intensifies the middle palate. Longer than the Chaumées.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Here the reduction is sufficiently strong to prevent any nuances from being discerned. On the plus side the rich but well-focused flavors possess slightly better precision on the more robust but less complex finale where a touch of wood appears. This is somewhat awkward today but it should come together with a few years of cellar time.