2019 Joseph Colin Saint-Aubin Les Murgers des Dents de Chien Premier Cru
Joseph Colin initially trained at Domaine Marc Colin, working alongside his brother, Pierre-Yves, to make the family wines. In 2016, Joseph decided to create his own Domaine, and, subsequently, inherited just over six hectares of vineyards from his family holdings, representing about nineteen different appellations, to start his exciting new venture. Keeping yields low, Joseph picks on the early side to retain an unmistakable purity and freshness in his wines. He likes the tension and vibrancy in his whites, and feels it is a signature of his output. Purity is a word that Joseph particularly associates with his wines, since he doesn't like heavy handed or reductive and oaky wines, but rather he allows the different terroirs to shine through truly in the glass. The wines display a tense and vibrant profile, championing minerality and finesse yet there is a comforting richness in the mid-palate.
The 2019 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien is one of the ripest wines in the cellar, but that would be hard to discern in a blind tasting. Delivering aromas of pear, white flowers, clear honey, mandarin orange and peach, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with a charming core of fruit underpinned by brisk acids and chalky dry extract. Drink 2020 - 2035.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
Purchased grapes, but with input from Joseph during the growing season. A very small crop due to the drought. 13.8%. Nonetheless, the Murgers has much the same pale colour as the other 1ers crus, still with a light green tint. The nose suggests significant succulence to come. Concentrated very pure white fruit, but with structure, filling out the back of the palate very well.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy