2012 Domaine Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chaumées" (Elsewhere $75) SKU #1302053


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Tasting Notes

Philippe Colin inherited half of his parent's property (Domaine Colin-Deléger) in 2003 alongside his younger brother Bruno and has been producing wines under his eponymous label since. His passion is the terroir of Chassagne-Montrachet where his domaine resides and he produces seven different 1er Crus. The celebrated Les Chaumées is his most significant production year-over-year. The vineyard shares the same hillside with Les Vergers and Chenevottes and tends to be the most expressive and accessible of the three. The wines see a light touch of new oak (max of 20%) mixed between barrique and larger barrels.

Staff Reviews

  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Not only is this mouthwatering, rich and unctuous, perfectly developed Chassagne-Montrachet from a great producer, it's all of those things for a price that puts premier cru back into reach of normal guys like me! I had this bottle last Friday night while watching the Warriors blow it in Cleveland, but man did this bottle ease the pain. The weight and texture is all Chassagne with creamy fruit and plenty of nutty richness, but there's still so much acidity holding the wine together. It's a top notch bottle from front to back, the kind I might buy a case of if we start getting too low in inventory. Don't let the discounted price fool you. Chalk this one up to the growing prowess of our Burgundy department!
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    The mere fact that we're able to sell a sub-forty dollar bottle of 1er Cru Chassagne Montrachet is a feat in itself, and likely to be a driving factor in the forthcoming vaporization of this wine from our inventory. Boasting an exotic profile, the wine shows notes of ripe peaches and miscellaneous orchard fruits, citrus zest, papaya, vanilla and cloves. It's a lovely wine that has found itself smack in the middle of its drinking window. This is one not to miss. Drink now through 2025.
  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    This 2012 is not only rich and unctuous but also possesses notable precision and linearity, which is another way of saying it's a picture perfect Chassagne-Montrachet. With flavors that skip from exotic tones of mango and quince to ripe orchard fruits, it offers a wonderful mouthwatering experience from the first sip to the last. Making the things even more exciting is that when given the chance to develop in the glass wonderful secondary flavors butter, toast, and vanilla emerge. Yet for all this richness it still has enough acidity to remain light and airy. Best of all is a $39.99 price tag which is about half of where you would typically find a wine of this pedigree. Chardonnay fans of all stripes should run not walk to pick up this beauty.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine blew me away!! This is a fantastic Chassagne Montrachet. The palate of this wine is mind-blowing, there's exotic fruit, citrus notes, iodine, stone fruits and liquefied rock. Perfect acidity, fine tannins and hints of sandalwood on the finish complete this stellar offering. I do not think you can find a better Chassagne Montrachet for under $40 if you traveled the globe.
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    K&L Staff Member
    If suddenly you find that California Chardonnay can be a bit heavy for your summer taste buds, then this is the perfect crossover wine. This Chardonnay has a pleasant, creamy, rich and toasty nose. In the mouth it is lush and bright, with hints of baked apples and cinnamon. Still, I believe it is the texture of this wine that will attract many California Chardonnay buyers. Enjoy tonight!


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