2013 Domaine Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Vergers" (Previously $100)

SKU #1322150 89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers comes from a 0.33 hectare parcel and sees around 25% new oak. It has an attractive brioche and hot buttered toast bouquet that is well defined and focused. The palate is well balanced, more understated than some of Colin’s other premier crus, but is focused and elegant with blood orange and tangerine lingering on the aftertaste. Drink this over the next decade. (NM)  (12/2014)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is a touch of matchstick character though not so much that it diminishes the appeal of the citrus blossom, tea and lemongrass suffused nose. The slightly denser flavors possess a fleshy mouth feel and fine richness and I like the sense of vibrancy displayed by the detailed and solidly lingering finish. Note that while this refreshing effort should reward a few years of bottle age it should also be enjoyable young if desired. *Outstanding*  (6/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Subtle, pure, high-pitched aromas of peach, fresh apricot and white flowers. Not particularly fleshy but a nicely taut, linear midweight with good density to its flavors of salty minerals and white flowers. Still quite bracing on the back end and in need of some patience. (ST)  (9/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, taut and linear, with flavors of white peach, apple, lemon and spice fused to the frame. The finish is a bit puckering now, but long, with a hint of stone. Be patient. (BS, Web-2016)

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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.
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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.