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
2013 Marsannay Rosé ’10 note below
“…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
Red Wines 100% Pinot Noir
2012 Marsannay ‘Boivin’
From 45 year old vines located higher on the slope with less clay and more limestone. Slated to soon be rated 1er cru.
“The fruit here veers towards a red berry profile with a subtle wilted petal aspect. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red and black fruit on the entry. The tannins feel quite firm at the moment but they should soften with a couple of years in bottle, plus there is a subtle saline touch on the aftertaste that extends the pleasure.” Neal Martin TWA Dec 2013
2012 Marsannay ‘Clos de Jeu’ (750ml)
From 50 year old vines in an outstanding site located just above the village which is slated to soon be rated 1er cru.
“The 2012 Marsannay Le Clos de Jeu comes mainly courtesy of 50-year old vines. It has a sweet ripe nose with small dark cherries, hints of blueberry and orange rind. The
palate is medium-bodied but it demonstrates more density than the Les Champ Salomon, with a tightly wound, slightly peppery finish that lends this cuvee commendable
length” Neal Martin erobertparker.com Dec 2013
2012 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.
“The red 2012 Marsannay Les Champsalomon comes from vines adjacent to the parcel of Chardonnay. It has a perfumed, slightly candied bouquet with macerated red cherries and a touch of citrus peel. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, plenty of juicy blackberry and blueberry fruit with a taut crisp finish. There is plenty of freshness here if not quite the length, but it should open up with a couple of years in bottle.” Neal Martin erobertparker.com Dec 2013
“The 2012 Fixin Village comes from 30-year old vines and sees around 20% new oak. The nose is very pretty with floral black fruit that are clean and fresh. The palate is structured and austere at the moment. This needs to develop more flesh towards the finish. It is crisp and clean, but it comes across more “serious” than it should be for a village cru.” Neal Martin erobertparker.com Dec 2013
2012 Fixin “Crais de Chene” vieilles vignes
Very old vines giving tiny yield and great intensity.
“The 2012 Fixin Les Crais de Chene leans more towards brambly red berry fruit with touches of damp soil and undergrowth emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a spicy, soy-tinged opening. The tannins are just a little hard at the moment although there is better fruit than the village cru and it seems more harmonious towards the finish .” Neal Martin erobertparker.com Dec 2013
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)
2011 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.
2010 Chambolle Musigny ‘Vieilles Vignes’
From 42 year old vines just beneath 1er cru vineyards.
“The 2010 Chambolle-Musigny Cuvee Vieilles Vignes impresses for its gracious inner perfume and silky fruit. This looks to be a wine best suited for drinking over the next few
years given its modest depth.” Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate #194 May 2011
2012 Marsannay ‘vieilles vignes’
“The 2012 Marsannay Vieilles Vignes comes from several different parcels around the appellation with vines in excess of 40 years, undergoing a short pigeage with no new oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet that needs coaxing to open up, reluctantly revealing attractive briary and tertiary aromas. The palate is quite firm and obdurate on the entry with foursquare tannins. This is a little austere at the moment although there is plenty of length with satisfactory freshness on the finish. Fine.” Neal Martin erobertparker.com Dec 2013