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2014 Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Chenevottes"

SKU #1269269 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *** Cellar Selection *** Up the slope above the Grand Cru of Le Montrachet, this vineyard once grew hemp (hence the name cheneve). This poised wine is both stylish and rich, with good acidity allied to ripe apple and citrus fruits. These cut through the mineral texture and promising a generous wine as it ages. Drink from 2020. (RV)  (8/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

 An expansive, mouthfilling version that's both broad and focused. Vivid acidity drives the peach, melon and lemon flavors, while spice and pastry notes add depth. Shows fine equilibrium and length, with a mineral element lingering. (BS)  (9/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Chenevottes was the only cuvée to show some reduction on the nose when I tasted it at the domaine. The palate is well balanced, more expressive than I expected with touches of fresh pear and Granny Smith apples, and just a touch of sour lemon towards the linear, tensile finish. This is another very impressive 2014 from the domaine, although I would leave it for 2-3 years in bottle. (NM)  (12/2015)

90-93 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Expressive aromas of ripe nectarine and vanillin oak lifted by a floral topnote. Flavors of yellow fruits and spices convey a sweet impression but harmonious acidity intensifies and frames the middle palate. More complex and scented than the Maltroie, finishing with a suggestion of menthol. (ST)  (9/2015)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A touch of unabsorbed sulfur doesn't materially detract from the otherwise very fresh, cool and airy green fruit, floral and citrus peel-suffused nose. There is very fine intensity to the racy but supple medium-bodied flavors that display slightly better depth and length on the ever-so-mildly austere finale.  (6/2016)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
This is a gorgeous expression of the Chenevotte 1er cru from Philippe Colin, who has really come into his own as a winemaker in the last several years. After dividing the property with his brother, Bruno, Philippe Colin established his own style and signature, producing bold wines with plenty of heft and weight. This bottle of his 2014 Chenevottes is an excellent example of the power in his style. The aromas are full of baked apple, pear, and vanilla, and the palate is full, rich, creamy, and sustained by an great balance of clean acidity and a rich fruit and oak structure.

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.