2019 Joseph Colin St-Aubin 1er Cru "Sur le Sentier du Clou"

SKU #1542227 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Mingling scents of citrus zest and white flowers with hints of green apple, peach and blanched almonds, the 2019 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Le Sentier du Clou is medium-bodied, bright and chiseled, with tangy acids and an elegantly fleshy core of fruit. Joseph Colin—who left Domaine Marc Colin to start a domaine of his own in 2016—is going from strength to strength and is justly delighted with his 2019 portfolio. "We've never had acidities like this with maturity like this," he exclaimed, emphasizing the importance of knowing one's parcels and harvesting at the right moment in a year when sugar could accumulate precipitously. Colin's approach, as I've written before, is to pick ripe grapes, press whole bunches and barrel down without the addition of sulfites or any settling—sulfur dioxide is added only at bottling (which takes place under Diam closures). Wines that are more generously sulfured, he acknowledges, are more tensile and tight-knit, but the tension, he argues, comes from the sulfur, not the terroir. And Colin is happy with what he describes as 'a certain immediacy' that comes from low-sulfur élevage, a quality that was manifest in these generous but chiseled 2019s, all of which come heartily recommended. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Touches of mineral reduction and exotic fruit can be found on the white and yellow fruit aromas where a touch passion fruit lurks in the background. The succulent, fleshy and citrusy medium-bodied flavors possess fine volume and energy while exhibiting very good length on the balanced finale. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

K&L Notes

89-92 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Joseph likes to pick this first. This site gets the sun earlier, and indeed the bouquet is more perfumed, with just a little touch of beneficial reduction. Joseph aims to keep all the CO2 gas, which is adding a nice little tingle. Enough flesh behind, very well balanced, a fuller white fruit to finish. 13.6% alcohol." (12/2020)

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