Domaine Bruno Colin
1er Cru White barrel
Tasted: Jun 11, 2017
Producer note: Bruno Colin commented that 2015 “presented us with a pretty easy growing season as there wasn’t much disease pressure and no hail either, which was a relief! I chose to begin picking on the 1st of September and the fruit basically couldn’t have been any cleaner. The chardonnay came in with good yields but the pinot was significantly lower than usual. The skins for both varieties were quite thick due to the intense summer heat. The chardonnay came in with potential alcohols in the 12.6 to 13.5% range with good if not high acidities. I have also converted all of my barrels to 350 liters as it allows me to use a higher proportion of new wood but without unduly marking the wines. Overall, I like 2015 in both colors though it’s probably a bit better in red than white.” I found the quality of the Colin 2015 whites to be largely similar to what I generally found elsewhere though I point out that the Blanchots Dessus, En Remilly and La Truffière are all potentially outstanding. Colin noted that those 2015s in-bottle were put there in September 2016. (Treasury Château & Estates Wines, www.tweglobal.com, CA, USA, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, USA; Thorman Hunt & Co., www.thormanhunt.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Gunson Fine Wines, www.gfwl.co.uk, H2 Vin Limited, www.h2vin.co.uk, Bordeaux Index, www.bordeauxindex.com, all UK.)
Tasting note: This too is very firmly reduced and unreadable. The medium weight plus flavors are slightly finer than those of the Morgeot but even so, this is still impressively scaled with fine power that comes up on the less complex but even longer and slightly firmer finish that is shaped by lemon-tinged acidity.