2016 Domaine Marc Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Caillerets"

SKU #1349622 94 points Decanter

 The Caillerets is superb in 2016, opening in the glass with a classic and reserved bouquet of crème pâtissière, citrus zest and chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, very concentrated and searingly mineral, with enormous length and cut for the vintage. Colin’s pure style means that the vineyard is front and centre here. Drinking Window 2022 - 2040. (WK)  (10/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Cailleret, like the Les Champs Gain, was just missing that killer sense of delineation that is the hallmark of the domaine's finest white burgundies. The palate is better with a lively saline entry, a fine bead of acidity, not a powerful Chassagne-Montrachet but there is a sense of harmony toward the finish. Probably one for earlier drinking, this just seems a little knocked off pace by the challenges of the growing season. (NM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

95pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Displaying a lighter, brighter colour, with a touch of austerity to the nose. This needs time in the glass to reveal the excellent density of the fruit. The palate demonstrates a firm linear style, certainly as stony as it should be. Notable tension, this will be very special. A 2016 which is worthy of long term keeping." (01/2018)

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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.
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.
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.