Philippe Collotte Burgundy, France.
Marsannay is a relatively new Burgundy appellation (created in 1987) but an ancient and well respected source of fine wine. It is situated on the southern outskirts of Dijon at the northern end of the Côte de Nuits. The producers of Marsannay have worked hard to establish its reputation after years of quasi-abandonment. The results of the last 10 to 15 years have been quite remarkable. There is now great value to be had in the wines of Marsannay.
While many of the Marsannay vineyards are relatively recently planted, Philippe Collotte has taken over the family holdings of fully mature vineyards ideally situated just above the village. He has also recently purchased some mature vineyards of about 40 years age in both Gevrey Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny. This a source of very attractively priced red Burgundy from a young energetic producer who is making great strides in recent years in the quality of wines produced and is now very ably assisted by his daughter Isabelle.
“Young Philippe Collotte is one of the several new stars of Marsannay” Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
Rich intense and full of intense Aligote character like all of the Collotte white wines. A wonderful introduction to the wines of the Collotte family and as always great value too.
Whites 100% Chardonnay
2016 Bourgogne Blanc
Raised 100% in stainless steel tank to retain freshness and precision. This comes from plots of vines located in both Marsannay and Fixin. Very expressive fresh and lively and even a tiny touch of exotic fruits yet finishing very fresh with citric acidity.
2017 Marsannay Blanc
Shows excellent ripeness and generosity with complex barrel ferment characters and wonderful finesse and detail on the palate. Brilliant. Comes from 20-40+ year vines in 3 different terroirs of Les Etailles, Les Champsalomon and En Blungey and is raised in 50% wood and 50% stainless steel with 10% new oak. It has ripe and citrusy aromas with hints of peach skin and dried apricot. The palate has surprising richness and generosity opening with touches of dried mango and pear skin, fine acidity with long fresh finish.
2017 Marsannay Blanc Champsalomon
Just a few barrels produced of this rich and intense and slightly wine which includes a little Chardonnay rose. Intense aromatics and great texture allied with ample structure to carry the fruit intensity. Be very quick to get any of the small number of bottles that I have to plead for each year for our market. The French market wants all of this wine every year but having been such a long and faithful customer I have after many years of pleading been able to secure a small allocation. Just 3 or 4 barrels of this remarkable wine produced in a good year - always the first wine to sell out each year.
Rose 100% Pinot Noir
2018 Marsannay Rosé
“...the rosés, made from pinot noir, are among the very best in the world with clean, fresh, crisp fruit and flavors with solid balancing acidity and a bone dry finish.” Burghound.com
Beautifully perfumed showing hints of strawberries and cream. Shows lovely texture and depth with more weight and character than one often finds for such a ‘northern’ Rosé.
Red Wines 100% Pinot Noir
2017 Bourgogne Rouge From vines planted 1947. The palate shows a generosity and depth rare for this level. Ripe, stylish and beautifully balanced for enjoyment now. Very Limited.
2017 Marsannay ‘Grasses Tetes’
From old vines right in the ‘heart’ of the appellation located directly above the village. This wine is aged half in tank and half in barrel and is made in a very silky and approachable style to be enjoyed for its vibrant fruit. This wine is very perfumed and pure with real depth and very fine tannins on the palate.
2017 Marsannay ‘Boivin'
From 50+ year old vines located higher on the slope with less clay and more limestone. Slated to soon be rated 1er cru. 100% de-stemmed this shows fine firm tannin structurewith beautiful integration of all the elements. Always a very generous and beautifully balanced wine.
2017 Marsannay ‘Clos de Jeu’
From 50 year old vines in an outstanding site located just above the village which has a little more limestone and is slated to soon be rated 1er cru. Raised in 1/3rd new oak this shows very well integrated tannins.
2017 Marsannay ‘Champsalomon’
One of the best lieu-dits of Marsannay. The deeper soil give greater depth and richness. Old vines located just south of the village. Bottled without filtration.
2015 Marsannay ‘vieilles vignes’
Made from old vines in several terroirs of the appellation and aged 50% in tank to retain freshness and 50% aged in barrels. Isabelle Collotte describes a ‘lighter vinification’ to produce a finer fresher style for early to mid-term drinking. Fresh and lively on the palate with particularly fine tannins. A delight to drink in the first 5 years.
2017 Fixin ‘Les Champstions’
Made from vines planted in the early 1980’s this wine shows very good aromatic lift and remarkable finesse for the appellation. Fixin is reknowned for producing sturdy rich Pinots yet here we have a wine with much more finesse and lift than one usually expects. A beautiful introduction to the wines of Fixin and great value too for this appellation just to the north of Gevrey Chambertin.
2017 Fixin “Crais de Chene” vieilles vignes
Very old 80+ yo vines giving painfully tiny yields that yield berries of great intensity that give an almost sweet impression such is the intensity. This is always the richest and deepest wine of the cellar. This would give many Gevrey Chambertins a run for their money for depth and generosity and most likely beat most of the competition.
2017 Gevrey Chambertin
From vines planted in 1955 located high up above the village on the “Combe” in Evocelles and En Champs just below 1er cru Champeaux vineyard. 30% new oak used and shows lovely fine perfume real finesse in the finely detailed tannins. Very attractive style.
2017 Chambolle Musigny ‘Vieilles Vignes’
From 40-50+ yo vines planted just beneath 1er cru vineyards in the lieu dits of Les Athees and Aux Echanges. Deep rich and intense a remarkably generous village wine that punches well above its weight for both character and intensity.