90 - 92+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aromas of ripe lemon rind, pear and crushed chalk introduce the 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gain, a medium-bodied, tensile and chalky wine with chewy extract, tangy acids and a stony, saline finish. With another winter on the lees, I suspect it will make my score look conservative.
A fresh and cool nose features aromas of various white orchard fruit, petrol and a hint of crushed herbs. The sleek, delicious and intense flavors exude a subtle minerality that adds additional vibrancy to the lingering and well-balanced finale. This is finer than it usually is, indeed it would be fair to describe the mouth feel as one of finesse.
Born in 1944, Marc Colin established his domaine in 1970, from vineyards inherited by him and his wife, Michèle. The domaine now totals 19 ha. They have always made wines of great finesse and opulence. The Colin’s first son, Pierre-Yves, took over the winemaking duties in 1995, and left to pursue his own domaine (Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey) with wife, Caroline Morey in 2002, but not without first updating the winery, investing in new equipment and improving the vineyard management. Today the domaine is ably run by brothers Joseph and Damien, and sister Caroline. Damien is responsible for the winemaking and aging, Joseph tends to the vineyards, and Caroline the sales bureau. Joseph farms as organically as possible but refuses to be hamstrung by dogmatically following any viticulture or winemaking philosophy. Damien Colin is always seeking finesse and balance; he wants the wine to speak of the vineyards from which they come and has a gentle hand with new oak. He uses only the wild yeast from each vineyard and there is zero lees stirring. The result are stunning Burgundies coming from a devoted viticultural family with a lasting legacy.