Domaine Marc Colin Saint Aubin La Fontenotte 2014
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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, such as En Remilly and Chatenière. 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.
Look for lovely aromas of pear, white peach, grapefruit and flowers. The racy and intense middle weight flavors exhibit a subtle minerality before concluding in a precise, bone dry finale.
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Beaune|
|Brand||Domaine Marc Colin|
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Saint Aubin la Fontenotte comes from 20-year vines that replaced Pinot Noir that was never compatible with its limestone soils. It has a very reserved, almost Chablis-like bouquet that is very well defined, cold granite and flint notes emerging from the glass. The palate is very well balanced with lime and citrus peel on the entry. The acidity here is nicely judged and whilst its village cru status does not convey any sense of "longeur" here, there is a sense of precision and vivacity. Drink over the next 4-6 years. - NM