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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 ripee 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: Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Contrôlée
The 1erCru Les Demoiselles, situated adjacent to the Grand Cru Chevalier Montrachet, in Puligny, is Grand Cru in all but name according to Clive Coates, M.W. and noted Burgundy authority. Only a meter or two separate Les Demoiselles from Chevalier Montrachet, and the wines of Les Demoiselles rival their illustrious neighbor. Stony with substantial deposits of limestone rocks on a bedrock of Jurassic era limestone the wines can age gracefully for decades.
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 two custom-made 360 liter oak casks (one new, one used for the previous year’s Chevalier Montrachet) 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. After aging of 15 months in these barrels the wine is bottled.
Colin-Deleger’s Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru les Demoiselles is one of the world’s greatest white wines. It expresses the honey and earth of the great Grands Crus of Montrachet but with a delicacy and finesse that is rarely surpassed. When young, the wine is taut with wet stone minerality to complement its pear compote fruit, but after 7 to 10 years elements of truffle and wild mushroom emerge into a wine that is breathtaking in its complexity, depth, and length.