The Caillerets is superb in 2016, opening in the glass with a classic and reserved bouquet of crème pâtissière, citrus zest and chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, very concentrated and searingly mineral, with enormous length and cut for the vintage. Colin’s pure style means that the vineyard is front and centre here. Drinking Window 2022 - 2040. (WK) (10/2017)
88-90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Cailleret, like the Les Champs Gain, was just missing that killer sense of delineation that is the hallmark of the domaine's finest white burgundies. The palate is better with a lively saline entry, a fine bead of acidity, not a powerful Chassagne-Montrachet but there is a sense of harmony toward the finish. Probably one for earlier drinking, this just seems a little knocked off pace by the challenges of the growing season. (NM) (12/2017)
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.