Today as we continue on with our 2019 Burgundy En Primeur campaign, we are very pleased to be able to offer one of the most exceptional white wine producers in all of Burgundy, Domaine Marc Colin. Neal Martin of Vinous has been unequivocal in his opinion of these tremendous wines, having proclaimed, “Domaine Marc Colin are currently making some of the greatest whites in Burgundy,” a sentiment which is further reinforced by William Kelley of The Wine Advocate as, “an estate that today ranks among the Côte de Beaune’s finest sources for white Burgundy.” While the villages of St. Aubin and Chassagne-Montrachet were particularly affected by the spring frosts in 2019, the small amount of wine that has been produced by Domaine Marc Colin is stunningly concentrated yet expertly balanced with each subtle nuance of site clearly on display as underlined by Kelley “All this translates to a very fine vintage chez Colin, delivering wines that are more concentrated and more clearly defined by site than the charming, open and expressive 2018s.”
 
Today we are thrilled to be able to offer a fantastically complete selection of some of the very best vineyards within their range which begins at just £126 per case of 6 IB with the Cuvee Luce Saint Aubin Blanc, named after Damien’s grandmother Lucie. This cuvee has been awarded 90-91 Points by Neal Martin of Vinous, who asserts, “The palate is well balanced with a pleasant bitter lemon trait on the entry, very precise and energetic towards the citrus-driven finish. A perfect introduction to the domaine.” Given its location within the village of St. Aubin, it should come as no surprise that the St. Aubin 1er Crus from this Domaine are some of their most impressive cuvees as well as being considered some of the best value white wines within the Cote d’Or. Today we are able to offer the 2019 1er Cru St. Aubin En Montceau at just £201 per case of 6 IB, made all the more compelling by its 92-94 point score from William Kelley of The Wine Advocate, who enticingly describes the wine as, “Aromas of Anjou pear, green apple, white flowers, mint, clear honey and oyster shell—a rare nuance in this vintage—introduce Colin’s 2019 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Montceau, a medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional wine that’s concentrated and incisive, concluding with a long, saline finish.”
 

Moving to the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, we arrive at some of the most highly sought-after wines within the range, including the Chassagne-Montrachet Cuvee Margot, named after Damien Colin’s paternal grandmother Marguerite. The 2019 is outstanding with Martin awarding it 91-93 points, highlighting, “It has a well defined bouquet with orange pith and yellow plum aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is full of energy with impressive depth, gorgeous orange zest and mandarin notes, almond and a little walnut. Very harmonious and very persistent on the finish, this punches well above its weight.” Today we are able to offer it at the release price of £215 per case of 6 IB or in incredibly rare large formats at £231 per 3 magnums or £169 per double magnum IB. With only a handful of these special formats available, we urge you to get in touch right away to secure them. Martin draws special attention to the high performance of Colin’s Chassagnes, decreeing,  “I also found much to admire apropos their nervy Chassagne-Montrachets, particularly in Les Vides Bourses.” He awards the 1er Cru Les Vide Bourses Chassagne Montrachet with 92-94 points, finding it to be, “compelling on the bouquet with white chocolaty and shaved almond flakes complementing the orange pith and dessicated orange peel scents. The palate is very well balanced with a saline entry. A fine bead of acidity here and a very compact finish that augur for a Chassagne that will benefit from 3-5 years in the cellar. Great potential.” Kelley is also a fan, bestowing it with 91-93 points for its, “Unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, vine blossom, white flowers, ripe pears and beeswax, the 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Vide Bourse is medium to full-bodied, sumptuous and enveloping, with a fleshy core of fruit, lively acids and a long, saline finish. As usual, it’s one of the more gourmand wines in the range.” We have just a small parcel available today at £357 per case of 6 of this very special site, which sits on the border of the appellation just below the South East wall of the Grand Cru vineyard of Batard-Montrachet.
 
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.