St Aubin, Les Combes, 1er Cru, 2014

  Philippe Colin

More cut and thrust than the Charmois, lemon zest and sunshine soaked minerals, a touch of fresh butter garlanding fine fresh stone fruits. Impressive persistence and concentration. From the Chassagne side of the appellation, just north of the Chassagne 1er Cru Chenevottes.

Contains Sulphites.

About Philippe Colin

This domaine that was borne out of Colin-Deleger when brothers Philippe and Bruno Colin decided to go their own ways in 2004. The core of the 11.5 hectare Philippe Colin estate lies in their holdings of Chassagne 1er Cru on Puligny side of the village, with some excellent St Aubin thrown into the mix for good measure. The style here is one of firm cores, and taut minerality with a layer of succulent surrounding fruit. Just a little bit of lees stirring is undertaken during elevage, oak influence is slight, and since 2011 bottling is done under a small wax plug and a capsule - belt and braces protection against oxidation. An excellent Chassagne Domaine that produces fine, seamless, moreish white burgundies. They boast great character but always suggest rather than insist.

Appellation: St-Aubin

A village in the Côte de Beaune tucked around the corner of the main Côte west of Chassagne. The appellation borders both Chassagne and Puligny, producing two-thirds red wine however the whites, though a little scarcer, are as highly thought of if not more so. A high proportion, two-thirds, of the vineyard area is designated premier cru, the most famous being En Remilly and Les Murgers Dents de Chien, these form part of a band of south west-facing vineyards between the borders of Chassagne, Pulginy and the hamlet of Gamay (which is also part of the St Aubin appellation.) The rest of the vineyards are south south east facing but are further up the valley where it is cooler. The reds are light but in good vintages offers lots of very seductive, pretty fruit, soft tannins and can be excellent value for money. The whites are described as bit like baby Chassagnes, they are medium bodied not as cmplex but offer an abundance of racy fruit, these can certainly be some of the best value whites in Burgundy.