2014 Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chaumées"

SKU #1288508 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This comes from the northern end of the line-up of Premier Crus, which shows in the lively, crisp and tightly fruity character of the wine. It is developing slowly, still controlled and with light hints of toast. It will be a beautiful, bright wine. (RV)  (10/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting, the 2014 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Chaumées from Philippe Colin has a slightly more backward bouquet compared to its peers, with an algae-like scent tincturing the citrus fruit. The palate is better than the aromatics. Nicely focused with a fine bead of acidity, the oak neatly integrated with just a patina of Japanese yuzu and ginger on the finish. It actually improved in the glass, so maybe afford this another year in bottle. (NM)  (10/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* Mild reduction knocks down the otherwise softly exotic white and yellow fruit that includes white peach and petrol scents. There is even better volume to the mouth coating middle weight flavors that possess a suave palate feel and excellent energy before finishing with much better complexity on the balanced, lengthy and agreeably dry finale.  (6/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow with green highlights. Deeper-pitched and less delineated on the nose than the Maltroie but still with an exuberant quality to its aromas of lemon and spices. Tactile, sweet and fruit-driven, with firm-edged acidity and saline minerality keeping the finish dry and classic, even a bit backward in the early going. Echoes impressively on the aftertaste. (ST)  (9/2016)

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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.