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Marc Colin St-Aubin La Chateniere Premier Cru 2020

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JM 95
Jasper Morris
Light lemon yellow. Here the nose is powerful, sturdy even, but backward. This has a marvellous backbone with a fruit quality which is over and above the others. The 2020 La Chatenière is a wine of great depth, less chiselled than some of the higher altitude locations, but entirely in balance and with exceptional persistence.
Barrel Sample: 92-95
V 95
The 2020 Saint-Aubin La Chatenière 1er Cru comes from the parcel at the top of the climat, the one that Damien Colin opined has improved the most since the domaine was divided with his brother. It has a vibrant, very focused sea-spray-scented bouquet, bashful at first but soon losing its inhibitions. The palate is supremely focused with real concentration, and spicier than Colin’s other Saint-Aubin Premiers, leading to a sapid finish. Everything you could really wish for.
Barrel Sample: 93-95
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2020 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru La Chatenière is especially good this year. Revealing scents of citrus oil, pear, confit lemon, beeswax, freshly baked bread and smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, chiseled and concentrated, with a satiny attack and a long, mineral finish.
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BH 92
This too is sufficiently reduced to mask most of the underlying aromas though in this case, there is a floral whiff that sneaks through the mild funk. The beautifully textured medium weight and succulent flavors possess fine mid-palate density thanks to the abundant sap that also buffers the firm acid spine shaping the compact, powerful and built-to-age finale. This is excellent though note that because Chatenière almost always requires time to open, this will need at least a few years of keeping first.
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Founded in 1970 by Marc Colin and his wife Michele, Domaine Marc Colin now spans 15 hectares encompassing 26 appellations in St. Aubin, Chassagne, Puligny, and Santenay. Most of the land was inherited from past generations of Colin and Ponavoy; certain parcels have been in the family for more than 100 years. While the family does own prime territory in Chassagne, home base in St. Aubin features parcels of the very best vineyards, En Remilly and Chatenière, to name a few. These vineyards accrue prestige due to their sloped location; while much of St. Aubin resides on flat ground (rendering less interesting wines) the Colin properties are all situated on finely pitched hillsides. The resulting wines shimmer with savory minerality and luster.

Today Joseph, Caroline, and Damien, the children of Marc and Michele, own and run the domaine. The fourth sibling Pierre-Yves (who made the wine at Marc Colin for 10 years) established his own project in 2005. Sustainable and organic agriculture, older vines, and clay-limestone soils are just some of the components contributing to the quality of the final product. Winemaking style would best be called traditional, though Joseph (who makes the whites) and Damien (who makes the reds) are certainly not shy of innovation. Whites strive for optimum freshness; there is no heavy, ungainly wood here. The red wines are characterized by silky texture, ever-present fruit and a certain roundness with just a kiss of oak. Production consists of 70% white and 30% red with total production maxing out at 120,000 bottles.

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A steep, upcountry basin (referred to as a combe in French) in the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, St. Aubin is a direct westerly neighbor to Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. Recent years have seen a boom in white wine production so that now Chardonnay accounts for more than three quarters of area under vine here. Two thirds of St. Aubin is classified Premier Cru (30 total vineyards); most notable include Les Charmois, La Chatenière, En Remilly and Les Murgers Dents de Chie. The Premiers Crus of St. Aubin, wrapping like a ribbon upon the southeast and southwest facing slopes, produce fresh and elegant whites from Chardonnay. When young, these tout a refreshing grip and convey qualities of white flowers, citrus, pear, green almond and wet stone. Given some age, a graceful evolution occurs so that older St. Aubin whites express richer aromas of beeswax, honey, marzipan and spice.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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