2013 Domaine Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Blanchot Dessus"

SKU #1265467 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Sweet Spot, Outstanding* A markedly floral-suffused nose exhibits additional notes of lemon rind, lilac blossom, ripe peach and apricot that are trimmed in subtle oak nuances. There is an almost painful intensity to the full-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that offer exceptional volume and richness before culminating in a saline, citrusy and mouth coating finale. At present this is quite reserved but my sense is that it will open up and become much more accessible after only a few years of bottle age. This too is good stuff and worth checking out.  (6/2015)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Blanchot-Dessus comes from their small 0.31 hectare parcel of vines. It has a tightly-knit bouquet at the moment, reluctantly revealing oyster shell and granitic scents with aeration. The palate is well balanced, quite elegant and harmonious, gliding across the mouth and finishing in understated style. This should drink well over the next decade. (NM)  (12/2014)

91 points Vinous

 Oily peach and orange zest aromas are complicated by crushed-stone minerality and spices. Voluminous and seamless, with harmonious acidity and rocky minerality giving the wine a powerful, tactile impression. Finishes very long and saline, with excellent texture for the year, not to mention very good aging potential. Colin told me he's drinking the 2009 and 2011 Blanchot Dessus now but that the 2010 and 2008 are not yet ready. (ST)  (9/2015)

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- 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.
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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.