2020 Joseph Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Rouge
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.
This had just been bottled and not surprisingly there was a mild touch of reduction, yet it still permitted the red berry fruit nuances to be discerned. There is both fine vibrancy and delineation to the delicious middle weight flavors that exhibit a touch of bitter pit fruit character on the fruit-driven finale. Note that this competent effort should drink well after only a year or so of bottle aging. Drink 2024+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
From Les Pierres and Poirier du Clos. Clear fresh purple not too deep, some reduction on the nose which will blow of, otherwise quite a fresh raspberry fruit. Crisp clean and chiselled, now also some fresh cherry. 12.8% alcohol, which is what it tastes like.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy