2018 Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumées, Clos Saint-Abdon, 1er Cru, Domaine Philippe Colin, Burgundy

2018 Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumées, Clos Saint-Abdon, 1er Cru, Domaine Philippe Colin, Burgundy

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2018 Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumées, Clos Saint-Abdon, 1er Cru, Domaine Philippe Colin, Burgundy

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Something of a speciality for the domaine, this is a rich, powerful Chassagne-Montrachet, replete with aromas of apricots, hazelnuts and brioche. There’s no lack of balance though – the ripe fruit and toasty oak (approximately 35% new) sit comfortably around a core of fresh acidity. A wine to savour alongside something grand, like Dover sole meunière or roast poulet de Bresse. Drink now to 2025.
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Domaine Philippe Colin

Domaine Philippe Colin

Philippe Colin has set himself up in modern premises in the industrial zone of Chassagne Montrachet with his share of the Colin-Deleger vineyards, which he has supplemented by some négociant cuvées. The label reflects a new-generation approach to his attractive wines. The Philippe Colin style is for elegance and subtlety rather than weight and power.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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