Philippe Collotte: Burgundy (Marsannay)
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 producer who is making great strides in recent years in the quality of wines produced.
“Young Philippe Collotte is one of the several new stars of Marsannay”
Robert Parker The Wine Advocate June ‘07.
White 100% Chardonnay
2012 Marsannay Blanc
Shows excellent ripeness and generosity with complex barrel ferment characters and wonderful finesse and detail on the palate. Brilliant.
Rose 100% Pinot Noir
2012 Marsannay Rosé ’10 note below
“Light, bright pink. Strawberry and nectarine on the nose, along with spice and floral nuances and a touch of anise. Juicy and nicely concentrated, offering pliant red berry flavors and slow-mounting spiciness. Finishes with good length and a kick of candied rose.” Steve Tanzers International Wine Cellar June 2011
Red Wines 100% Pinot Noir
2008 Marsannay ‘Clos de Jeu’ (750ml)
“Collotte’s 2008 Marsannay Le Clos de Jeu features wild fennel and tart cherry tinged with white pepper, lemon zest, and cardamom. Firm and bright, it practically sizzles in pungency, rendering memorable invigoration…..” Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate #189 June 2010
2010 Marsannay ‘Champsalomon’
From an ideally situated vineyard of 40+ year old vines located just above the village. Bottled without filtration.
“The estate’s 2009 Marsannay Les Champsalomon is beautifully balanced, with gorgeous aromatics, bright red fruit and silky tannins. Crushed rocks and all things mineral frame the saline, focused finish.” (91‐92) pts Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate #194 June 2011 (2009 tasting note)
“Sweet candied cherries, flowers, mint and spices are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the gracious finish. This is a strong showing.” Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate #199 February 2012 (2010 tasting note)
2011 Marsannay ‘vieilles vignes’
“The 2010 Marsannay Cuvee Vieilles Vignes hovers on the palate with sweet red berries, mint and crushed flowers. This is a decidedly mid-weight, feminine Marsannay best enjoyed over the next few years. There is plenty of grace and charm here.” Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate #199 February 2012 (2010 note)
2009 Gevrey Chambertin
From 40 year old vines right next to 1er cru vineyards. 30% new oak used though this is the palest in colour with lovely fine perfume real finesse in the finely detailed tannins. Very attractive style.
2008 Chambolle Musigny ‘Vieilles Vignes’
From 42 year old vines just beneath 1er cru vineyards.
“A fascinating nose of sour cherry, smoked meats, black pepper, and black tea lead to a bright, satisfyingly juicy mouthful of fresh red fruit, with just a hint of extraneous caramel from the wine’s portion of new wood. Firm but fine-grained and lip-smackingly lingering, this conveys an impression of extract richness, yet buoyancy, as well as an intriguing alternation of fruit brightness with dark shadings of peat and tea not uncommon for its vintage.” R.Parker The Wine Advocate #189 June 2010