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Joseph Colin
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The Colin Clan: A Remarkable Dynasty
Joseph is the second child of Marc Colin to split off from the old family domaine of that name to start on his own. His older, and now very famous brother, Pierre Yves showed him the path a decade or more previously when he established his domaine (and negoce) under his married name; Pierre Yves Colin-Morey. Joseph's remaining siblings, Caroline and Damien continue to run the family domaine under their father's name but it is only a matter of time before they get get their sites and make the jump. But there's a simple lesson here; anything from this family, whether it is under the Marc Colin, Pierre Yves Colin-Morey or Joseph Colin label, is fabulous.

St Aubin - Where the Balance Counts
The best sites in St Aubin have suddenly become well-known names to serious white Burgundy connoisseurs and collectors in recent years as the supply of good quality 1er crus from Chassagne, Puligny and Meursault has evaporated under the heat of global demand. This demand comes just as the literal heat of climate change has shifted the style of those wines ever fuller and richer, leaving room for the best sites in St Aubin to make their case to those who savor firmer acidity and a lighter body in their Chardonnay.

The Terroirs of St Aubin
It is only a matter of time before the climats of St Aubin are dissected and completely familiar to all Burgundy lovers but for now, they deserve some explanation.
There are three distinct slopes planted within the commune: Charmois occupies the due-east facing slope that borders the very fine 1er cru Chassagne vineyards of Vergers and Chaumees. Across the stream that cuts the Cote, on the Puligny side, the aspect is south-west rounding to full west  further up the valley as the slope nears the hamlet of Gamay. At the top of the slope, the style is precise and flinty in the Clos des Meix, Les Murgers des Dents de Chien and Les Champlots. Lower down the slope, the best sites are En Remilly, Chateniere and En Monceau. They show St Aubin's usual crispness but it is balanced by more body and texture. As you continue up the valley to the village of St. Aubin itself, Frionnes, En Champs and Derriere Chez Edouard have enviable south-east exposures that gives a little more warmth and light to ripen finely-chiseled chardonnays, if the early frosts allow.

Joseph's Inaugural 2017 Vintage
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We were among, if not the very first to offer Joseph Colin's wines in the US, having pursued the initial allocations as they were dispersed in Europe. We are very pleased to be able to offer a follow up parcel of these lovely wines from the 2017 vintage after they have had a couple of years to mellow in bottle. We do not expect to see much of the 17's again, so grab a stash, you will not regret it. As ever, you can trust our prices. And at $60-$65 these wines are where really good 1er cru white Burgundy begins.

2019 The New Release
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2019 promises a lot. There is good ripeness which is always handy in St Aubin. These are relatively full-bodied wines for sure, but the word relative is crucial. Heat and warmth are why we make the trip round the corner to St Aubin from Puligny in the first place, and 2019 supplies the stuffing that give these wines the texture they need. 
2017's

Joseph Colin St. Aubin Clos des Meix 2017 - $60
92 points Vinous - "The 2017 Saint-Aubin Clos des Meix 1er Cru has a comparatively reserved bouquet, demanding a bit of coaxing from the glass; hints of shucked oyster shell and cockle sheds emerge with time. The palate is fresh on the entry and more immediate than the nose, displaying lovely balance and well-judged acidity. Red cherry notes emerge toward a finish that, if you closed your eyes, you might misconstrue as a light red! Lovely." (Drink between 2020-2034) - Neal Martin

Joseph Colin St. Aubin En Remilly 2017 - $65
90 points Vinous - "The 2017 Saint-Aubin En Remilly 1er Cru perhaps just misses the sense of cohesion that I discern in Joseph Colin’s other 2017s. I would like more vigor here. The palate is fresh and well balanced, the acidity nicely judged, and there’s a tang of white pepper on the malic finish, though as with the aromatics, I would like to see more depth and persistence." (Drink between 2021-2033) - Neal Martin

Joseph Colin St. Aubin La Chateniere 2017 - $65
92 points Vinous - "The 2017 Saint-Aubin La Chatenière 1er Cru offers complex aromas of dried honey, crushed stone and a hint of licorice, all well defined and gaining intensity with aeration. The well-balanced palate is a bit of a live wire thanks to the nervosité, and quite penetrating toward the finish, which leaves a spicy tang, almost like curry leaf, on the aftertaste. Excellent." (Drink between 2021-2035) - Neal Martin

Joseph Colin St. Aubin Roche Dumay 2017 - $60
93 points Vinous - "The 2017 Saint-Aubin Sous Roche Dumay 1er Cru offers fragrant yellow flower and honeysuckle aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is punchy and vivacious on the entry, more attacking than the Clos des Meix, with lip-smacking salinity on the persistent finish. Yet another impressive and quite intellectual offering from Joseph Colin." (Drink between 2021-2035) - Neal Martin


2019's

Joseph Colin St. Aubin Clos des Meix 2019 - $60
92 points Wine Advocate - "The 2019 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos du Meix opens in the glass with scents of crisp green apple, Anjou pear, white flowers, mint and fresh bread. Medium-bodied, bright and tangy, it's incisive and vibrant, with a pretty core of fruit and a penetrating finish. As readers may remember, this is a cool terroir where Colin's parcel is planted with a precociously ripening selection of Chardonnay." (Drink between 2020-2033) - William Kelley

Joseph Colin St. Aubin En Remilly 2019 - $70
93 points Wine Advocate - "Wafting from the glass with aromas of honeyed pear, white flowers and yellow orchard fruit, the 2019 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly is medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive, with an ample core of ripe, concentrated fruit, bight balancing acids and a long, mineral finish." (Drink between 2021-2035) - William Kelley

Joseph Colin St. Aubin Les Combes 2019 - $65
92 points Wine Advocate - "Aromas of pear, white flowers, peach and orange zest preface the 2019 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Combes, a medium to full-bodied, layered and lively wine that's bright and precise. Pure and saline, this later-ripening site has performed well in this warm, inherently concentrated vintage." (Drink between 2020-2033) - William Kelley

Joseph Colin St. Aubin Roche Dumay 2017 - $60
92 points Wine Advocate - "Offering up notions of white flowers, pear, mint and almond paste, the 2019 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Frionnes is medium too full-bodied, bright and precise, with a crisp core of fruit, tangy acids and a chalky finish. This, too, has turned out very well, defying any stereotypes of the vintage." (Drink between 2020-2033) - William Kelley

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