We are lucky to have some new vintage releases from Collotte!
In the early 1990's Burgundy was struggling to recover from the phylloxera crisis which had hit a few years earlier. But for Louis and Lucie Collotte, there was no question of giving up. They went to work and revived the family estate.
Now, after being passed down through generations, Isabelle Collotte has commenced an unprecedented winegrowing adventure providing us with some fantastic wines across recent years.
Bourgogne Cuvée de Noble Souche 2022
Pinot Noir which comes mostly from vines planted in 1947 in Champ Forey (80%) to the east of the village with the other 20% coming from vines in Chambolle Musigny. The fruit is hand-picked and 100% de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel to produce a fresh, vibrant style. The palate shows a generosity and depth rare for this level. Ripe, stylish and beautifully balanced for enjoyment now. Very limited.
Collotte Gevrey Chambertin 2021
From vines planted in 1955 located high up above the village on the combe in Les Evocelles and En Champs just below the 1er cru Champeaux vineyard. ‘From 3 parcels of vines. That’s a nose with extra depth. Hmm – a sparkly energy to these complex flavours. That’s lovely – a leading edge of flavour that is aided by the acidity – as in all cases here – but to a delicious, mouthwatering, effect. That’s a lovely wine once more and one of the most accessible here – so far!’ Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report, January 2023.
Collotte Aligoté 2022
Aligoté is a full sibling of Chardonnay and when well-cared for can produce a good facsimile in terms of volume and texture, yet with a trademark crisp and refreshing acidity. At Collotte the fruit is hand-picked at optimum ripeness, then whole-bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel, to produce a wine of delicious flavour and volume, finishing with that bright acidity. A wonderful introduction to the wines of the Collotte family and a great value wine.
Collotte Marsannay Les Grasses Têtes 2021
From two parcels of old vines; one based on Crinoidal limestone (known in France as Calcaire à Entroques), the other Comblanchien. This wine is very perfumed and pure with real depth, yet showing a lovely minerality and elegance, finishing with great length and very fine tannins.
Collotte Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2021
Substantially from 40-50+ year old vines planted just beneath 1er cru vineyards in the lieu dits of Les Échanges and Les Athets, with a small proportion from the adjoining Les Chardannes and Les Herbues. ‘80% aux Echanges plus Athets and les Chardannes. The last vintage of this will be next year (2022) as the family (from Chambolle) who had leased the vines on Fermage will get the vines back and exploit themselves. There is a little extra to this nose but it’s also very much in the slightly mineral-edgy but pure perfumed style of the rest of their range. Broad, beautifully textured, satisfyingly mouth-watering and tasty – this is also, like the Evocelles, a very attractive wine in 2021 with a great, late-arriving, perfume in the finish. Super again!’ Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report, January 2023.