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March 02, 2020

IG Wines – New Release – Marc Colin 2018

Marc Colin

Following on in our 2018 Burgundy En Primeur campaign we are absolutely delighted to offer the greatest of our white wine producer allocations; Domaine Marc Colin. Domaine Marc Colin are currently making some of the very best white wines in the whole of Burgundy. For the first time, IG Wines have secured a very exciting and serious allocation of these absolutely superb wines. The Domaine has had a hugely successful 2018 vintage across the board of their holdings; from Village to Grand Cru, making wines of the vintage in their respective categories and appellations. If you are a white wine buyer, take note, these are as good as it gets.

 

“Okay, I’m going to say it. Shoot me if I’m wrong. Domaine Marc Colin are currently making some of the greatest whites in Burgundy.” Neal Martin

 

Domaine Marc Colin is based in picturesque St Aubin; The Domaine was founded in 1970 by Marc Colin himself – who passed the Domaine to his three children, Caroline, Joseph and Damien, a fourth child; Pierre Yves chose to strike out on his own in 2005. Following an amicable break in 2017, Joseph split from Damien and Caroline to form his own Domaine (which we released earlier this year) taking 7 hectares of vines from the 20 hectares Marc had accrued. Today Domaine Marc Colin’s remaining 13 hectares is run by both Caroline and Damien. Damien has arguably taken the Domaine into the higher into Burgundy echelons, becoming stablemates with highly regarded white wine producers such as Domaine Coche-Dury, Domaine Leflaive and Domaine Jean Chartron (which we released earlier this year). Since taking full control of the Domaines winemaking; Damien has opted for longer elevage in larger vessels – 300-350 litre barrels –  imparting mere whispers of oak. After a year in wood the wines spend protracted time on lees, which give the wines their unique character and succulent aromas. Fermentation is longer and cooler than ever before at Marc Colin and the uses of sulphurs have been greatly reduced. The resulting ‘house style’ is a marvel to behold: Elegance, tension, purity and length are the names of the game here, you won’t find flabby, over-oaked wine at this address. The Domaine produces a total of 20 wines, starting with their humble yet utterly delicious Bourgogne blanc, which is arguably one of the greatest bargains produced in Burgundy year on year. They have considerable 1er Cru holdings in St Aubin itself, where their offerings are largely acknowledged to rival many 1er Crus from far grander appellations. They have some prime Village and 1er Cru sites in both Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet. The jewels in their crown are the notoriously difficult to find Grand Crus Batard Montrachet and their stellar Montrachet which are some of the most sought after wines in the whole of Burgundy year on year, sold only by the bottle.

 

“an estate that today ranks among the Côte de Beaune’s finest sources for white Burgundy” William Kelley

 

Today we are absolutely delighted to be able to offer a selection of Domaine Marc Colin’s best offerings from the best vineyards in his portfolio. The 89 point Cuvee Luce Saint Aubin Blanc, (named after Damien’s grandmother Lucie), contains grapes from three sites across St. Aubin – including the named Lieu Dit Le Fontenotte. You will not find a better case of Village wine for the price of £126 IB per 6, reinforcing the point that there is still great value to be found in Burgundy. Domaine Marc Colin is renowned for their sublime 1er Cru St. Aubins, which easily rivals many 1er Cru Puligny Montrachets at considerably higher price points: Possibly one of the greatest bargains in the whole of Burgundy is the 1er Cru St. Aubin En Montceau. This incredible wine gets a stellar 92-94 point score from William Kelley of The Wine Advocate – declaring the wine as already “showing superbly”. At just £198 for 6 bottles, and with great availability, this is worth stocking up on for drinking over the next two decades, there are few bottles which give so much complexity for such a small price tag.

 

Le Enseignieres Puligny Montrachet comes from a plot so close to the Grand Cru Bienvenues-Batard Montrachet vineyard you could throw a stone over the walls, and in 2018 there is a real sense of this site’s proximity. This is very fine Puligny Montrachet for just £210 a case, it is worth nothing that it could be drunk on release if you wish. Although this is a designated Village wine; Les Enseigneres is the most reputed climat producing Puligny Montrachet – it is 1er Cru in all but name. Worth noting is that Domaine Marc Colin’s vines neighbour those of Domaine Coche-Dury bottles trade at a considerable premium. The £330 IB per six 1er Cru Les Vide Bourses Chassagne Montrachet is the richest of the selection, but still taut as befits the style of Marc Colin. Vide Bourses is a fabulous 1er Cru terroir situated nearer to Puligny Montrachet than to the Village of Chassagne Montrachet. It sits on the border of the appellation just below the South East wall of the Grand Cru vineyard of Batard-Montrachet. Vide Bourses is known for producing wines that are better than many Grand Crus, but at 1er Cru prices. Vide Bourses translates as “empty wallets” – as it was here that bandits used to rob monks travelling between Puligny and Chassagne in the medieval era.

 

Marc Colin’s Grand Crus are some of the world’s finest wines. The sublime £315 IB per bottle Batard Montrachet is a head turner, scoring a seriously impressive 95-97 points from Neal Martin – which is the second highest scoring Batard Montrachet in 2018 equalled by Domaine Leflaive’s own offering. It is one of the highest scoring wines of the entire vintage. Marc Colin’s considerable wine making expertise is evident here; slow fermentation brings out tropical fruit nuances, the balance is impeccable. In 2018 only 3 barrels were made making this seriously scarce and like the Montrachet, it is sold in single bottle cases only. It is hard to surpass the Batard – but Damien Colin’s Montrachet is one of the wines of the vintage in both red or white Burgundy. Scoring 96-98 Points from Neal Martin it is the second highest scoring Montrachet Grand Cru, beaten only by Comte Lafon’s Montrachet. This absurdly beautiful bottle is considered the very apex of white wine at £605 IB each, and as such it is rare beyond belief. Just two barrels are made, of which half is exported out of France to the world’s discerning Burgundy cognoscenti. Finding bottles of this wine can feel like finding needles in a hay stack.