2016 Domaine Marc Colin St. Aubin 1er Cru "Cuvee 3C"

SKU #1349627 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A very pretty nose exhibits mostly floral scents that displays background notes of white peach, citrus zest and matchstick. There is a fleshy mouth feel to the very round and solidly concentrated middle weight flavors that culminate in a sappy, stony, saline and impressively complex finale. This is well-worth considering. *Sweet Spot*  (6/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru "3C" is a multi-vineyard blend caused by frost damage (see producer introduction for details). It has a very pretty and well-defined bouquet with white flowers mixed with citrus peel, dried mango and cold stone scents, reserved but intense. The palate is taut and linear on the entry, Puligny-like in style with great tension and mineralité, real saline notes getting the saliva flowing toward the finish. This is a great, perhaps (or hopefully) one-off Saint-Aubin. (NM)  (12/2017)


 3C is a blend of three heavily frosted sites - Les Combes, En Créots, and the Clos du Meix - and it is a lovely wine, offering notes of apple, pear and hazelnut and a concentrated, full-bodied palate impression underpinned by tangy acids. This is quite serious and should benefit from a few years in the cellar. Drinking Window 2020-2030. (WK)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

92 points from Jasper Morris, M.W.: "In bottle. A cuvee born of necessity because of the tiny crop: this is a blend of three premiers crus beginning with C: Combes, Créots, Clos du Meix. Pure light lemon colour, stylish and classy nose. This is very well balanced, a little more weight and a little more acidity than Castets but still an accessible easy going finish." (01/2018)

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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.


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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.