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Domaine Marc Colin Bourgogne Aligote Prune & Gaspard 2018  - First Bottle


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Siblings Damien and Caroline are now making wine at their father’s domaine and this 2018 is a blend of three parcels of old Aligoté vines in Puligny, Chassagne and St Aubin. Complex and distinctive, with nutty, creamy, savoury aromatics plus a fresh note of lemon thyme. There's a touch of salinity to the fresh, well balanced palate, with notes of candied peel and nuts. Crisp juicy citrus bite to the finish, with a lingering savoury edge. A really interesting wine for food pairing. Drinking Window 2020 - 2024.

Technical Details

  • BlendAligote
  • WinemakerDamien, Caroline and Joseph
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationBurgundy
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices
  • Aging/Cooperage5 months in oak barrels
  • Alcohol12%

Domaine Marc Colin Bourgogne Aligote Prune & Gaspard 2018

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"I was again very impressed with the quality I found and the domain just seems to continue to go from strength to strength." - Allen Meadows, Burghound.

Indeed! Aligote is hot these days, and you can’t get a much better intro than Colin’s. Old vines (some dating back up to a century in the family) and organic farming give this crisp, fascinating white a charming, subtle minty and sweet herb-like note, with tons of exotic lemon and yuzu flavors, a cool saltiness, ultra-fresh and delicious. 5 months in used oak.

Marc Colin’s father, Pierre, planted these vines in the spring of 1946 in the lieu-dit of “La Combe” in Puligny-Montrachet. Severe pruning, horse-by-plow, and organic fertilizers keep their vines fit, giving wine of spiral depth and flavor. In the words of Damien and Caroline: “This wine captures what our grandfather and father taught us: small quantity, high quality and reflects its sense of place in La Combe. We seek fruit, energy and nerve. Aromas of white flower and of course our beloved wild fennel, typical of the varietal. Our low yields and only natural acidity produce a lengthy mouth feel.”

You WILL love it – as long as it lasts!

PAIRING IDEAS: A simple roast chicken with lemon and thyme is ideal, but try something different! In Burgundy, many a winemaker will say Aligote is fantastic with lemongrass, so try a Thai or Laotian dish with lemongrass, or make an easy one yourself here.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Bob Mould was the man behind post-punk band Husker Du – check out another project he had called Sugar. Try “Favorite Thing” first.

About the Producer

Domaine Marc Colin was founded in 1970 by Marc Colin and his wife Michele. The Domaine spans 15 hectares encompassing 26 appellations in St. Aubin, Chassagne, Puligny, and Santenay and certain parcels have been in the family for more than 100 years. All of the Domaine's vineyards are situated on finely pitched hillsides resulting in wines with savory minerality and luster. Today the Domaine is run by the next generation, Joseph, Caroline, and Damien, the children of Marc and Michele. The Domaine farms sustainably and organically, with most of the vineyards consisting of older vines, and clay-limestones soils that are just some of the shining qualities of this Domain.