2014 Domaine Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1312352 91 points Wine Spectator

 Peach and lemon flavors are fused to butterscotch and sweet spice notes in this intense white. Accessible midpalate, firming up on the lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2024.  (5/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet Village from Bruno Colin has a flattering bouquet: subtle tropical fruit, hints of smoke and pear, then hazelnut developing just behind. The palate is fresh and vibrant with a twist of sour lemon on the entry, impressive mineralité and quite an austere but compelling finish. This punches above village cru level and is strongly recommended.(NM)  (6/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the wood treatment is no longer subtle and while it doesn't dominate there are hints of vanilla and toast sitting atop the petrol, resin and white orchard fruit-scented nose. This is a very rich, round and generously proportioned wine with its fleshy middle weight flavors that possess good if not distinguished depth and length. Note that this could be enjoyed young if that's your preference.  (6/2016)

Vinous

 Subtle scents of pear, yellow stone fruits and spices. A step up in sweetness over the Saint-Aubin Le Charmois but still with a slightly tart quality to its pear and spice flavors. Finishes dry and salty, with decent length.(ST)  (9/2016)

Wine & Spirits

 Creamy and as ripe as summer peaches, this is a simple Chassagne with pleasingly sweet fruit, held firmly by its oak. Drink it this summer with any fish off the grill.  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2017 | Send Email
Chassange-Montrachet Blanc for under $30! I am sort of hesitating writing up this for our newsletter as I am not sure we will have stocks remaining. I have loved nearly every 2014 white that I have tasted from the region. The Bruno Colin has laser focus, crisp bright lemon flavors that refresh the palate and just a hint of toasty oak which helps round out the finish. This is a wine I am buying a case of and will enjoy over the next 3 or so years.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.