2014 Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne Montrachet "Les Vergers" 1er Cru

SKU #1269268 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (8/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (9/2016)

91-93 points 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!  (12/2015)

90-92 points Vinous

 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.  (9/2015)

90 points 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.  (6/2016)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

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.