Chassagne-Montrachet ‘Margot’ Marc Colin, France 2018

Chassagne-Montrachet ‘Margot’ Marc Colin, France 2018

£61.00

Founded in 1970 by Marc Colin the domaine encompasses 26 appellations in St Aubin (producing most of the 1er Crus), Santenay, Chassagne and Puligny including some Montrachet. Many parcels were inherited from past generations of Colin and Ponavoy, some of which have been in the family for over a century.

Today Marc’s children Damien and Caroline run the show following the departures of their brothers Pierre-Yves and Joseph who established their own projects respectively in 2005 and 2017. Following a change towards a viticulture more respectful of the land, the winemaking has become more refined in a quest for more precision and terroir definition in their wines. They use less new oak and now tend to favour large barrels and foudres over the traditional 228l because it helps keep freshness and tension in the wines, while also locking in more CO2 which in turns allows them to lower their use of sulphur.

Margot is a wine named after Caroline and Damien’s paternal grandmother. It comes from four parcels of vines averaging 35yo, planted on the lower slopes of the appellation in limestone-clay soils. Aged in 20% new oak barrels for 12 months and then given six months in cuvee, this is rich and yet firm, with good structure and fine depth to the fruit.

ABV 13%

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