Domaine Marc Colin has been quietly making a name for itself as one of the leading names of the Cote de Beaune, with critics such as Neal Martin of Vinous proclaiming “Domaine Marc Colin are currently making some of the greatest whites in Burgundy,” and William Kelley of The Wine Advocate further asserting it as “an estate that today ranks among the Côte de Beaune’s finest sources for white Burgundy.”
Located in picturesque St. Aubin, Domaine Marc Colin was founded in 1970 by Marc Colin himself, who has since passed the Domaine to his three children, Caroline, Joseph and Damien. His fourth child Pierre Yves chose to strike out on his own in 2005 to found the cult Chassagne-Montrachet Domaine Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. Following an amicable break in 2017, Joseph also parted ways with Damien and Caroline to form his own Domaine, taking 7 hectares of vines from the 20 hectares Marc had accrued. Today Domaine Marc Colin’s remaining 13 hectares are run by both Caroline and Damien and it is the latter who has arguably taken the Domaine into the higher echelons of Burgundy to become peers with highly regarded white wine producers such as Domaine Coche-Dury and Domaine Leflaive. Since taking full control of the Domaine’s winemaking, Damien has opted for a longer elevage in larger vessels (300-350 litre barrels), imparting mere whispers of oak. After a year in wood the wines spend protracted time on lees, which imparts on them their unique character and succulent aromas. Fermentation is longer and cooler than ever before at Marc Colin and the uses of sulphurs have been greatly reduced. The resulting ‘house style’ of elegance, tension, purity and delicate nuanced terroir is a marvel to behold.
The Domaine produces a total of 20 wines, including a humble yet utterly delicious pair of Bourgogne Aligoté and Bourgogne blanc, which are arguably amongst the greatest bargains produced in Burgundy year on year. They have considerable 1er Cru holdings in St. Aubin itself, where their offerings are largely acknowledged to rival many 1er Crus from far grander appellations within the Cote d’Or as well as prime Village and 1er Cru sites in both Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. The jewels in their crown are the notoriously difficult to find Grand Crus Batard Montrachet and their stellar Montrachet which are some of the most sought-after wines in the whole of Burgundy year on year, sold only by the bottle and on strict allocation. We do have a very small number of these available with preference given to balanced orders so please do not hesitate to get in touch for more details.