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ABOUT DOMAINE COLIN-DELEGER Michel Colin-Deléger created his eponymous winery in the renowned village of Chassagne-Montrachet in 1987. He has since forged an enviable reputation as one of the finest producers of this Burgundian appellation, crafting distinguished Premiers and Grand Crus wines that offer abundant ripe fruit aromas, concentrated flavors and layered complexity. Although Michel’s sons, Philippe and Bruno, inherited the original Domaine Colin-Deléger vineyards, today Michel still actively oversees the production of wines from his three most prized vineyard sites – Chassagne Premier Cru “en Remilly,” the famous Puligny Premier Cru “Les Demoiselles,” and its neighboring Grand Cru Chevalier Montrachet.
Appellation: Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Contrôlée
The En Remilly 1er Cru vineyard of Chassagne sits high above the Grand Cru Chevalier Montrachet, on top of the Mont Rachet itself. With very stoney soils and a limestone bedrock, en Remilly has a nearly due southerly exposure to the sun. This exposure, excellent drainage, and the ability of the limestone bedrock to retain water supplies in drought conditions make en Remilly one of Chassagne Montrachet’s finest terroirs.
Grapes are hand-harvested at optimum ripeness in small bins, and carried to the winery for a gentle pressing in the pneumatic bladder press. The must is allowed to settle for 24 hours (debourbage) to allow the gross lees to settle out, and the wine descends by gravity into small oak barriques for primary and malolactic fermentations. The must is stirred (batonnage) approximately once a week during malolactic fermentation to allow the yeast cells to “nourish” the wine. The wine is aged 15 months in 1/3 new oak barrels and then bottled.
Chassagne 1er Cru en Remilly is always racy and taut. Its rocky soils give it a precocious minerality that gives precision and minerality to the full ripe fruit that results from southerly exposure to the sun, often with an herbal element of mint or thyme. Over time and aging well, en Remilly develops a slight nuttiness and earthy mushroom component that makes it a wonderful food wine.