2014 Domaine Philippe Colin St-Aubin 1er Cru "Charmois"

SKU #1274188 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Saint Aubin 1er Cru le Charmois, which sees a modest 5% new wood, has a crisp and slightly floral bouquet, just a hint of white peach coming through flanked by vanilla. The palate is fresh on the entry, very fine line of acidity, very tensile with a refined, quite sophisticated, Puligny-like finish. This is an excellent Saint Aubin from the domaine. (NM)  (12/2015)

89-91 points Vinous

 Orange zest dominates the nose. Thick and smooth but fresh thanks to harmonious acidity and an underlying mineral piquancy. Fine-grained, stylish wine with citrus and rock flavors dominating. (ST)  (9/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Although the domaine is mainly centered on Chassagne-Montrachet, neighboring Saint-Aubin is hardly far. This ripe, yellow and citrus-fruit-flavored wine is already delicious. Touches of toast from wood aging along with balanced acidity give it both crispness and richness. (RV)  (10/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Apple, peach and citrus notes are shaded by sweet baking spices in this sleek, crunchy white. Finishes with a mouthwatering tang. (BS)  (9/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is aromatically similar to the Montagny save for the fact that the aromas are slightly riper. Otherwise there is a seductively caressing texture to the round and plump flavors that exude a hint of salinity on the balanced and appealingly lingering finale that offers good if not exceptional depth.  (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.
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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.