Collotte – 2016


Tasted with Isabelle Collotte in Marsannay-la-Côte, 14 November 2017. Pictured with father Philippe.

Earl Collotte  
44 Rue de Mazy
21160 Marsannay-la-Côte
Tel: +33 9 63 50 33 42

​The team was busy with bottling when I arrived, but of-course I started with my normal questions – how ere the last two vintages:

Isabelle on 2017:
2017 was a nice vintage – what more is there to say? We’re happy because there was a good quantity, but also because the quality ist there – and with nice acidity too. It’s really helpful to have a correct volume after what happened in 2016!

Isabelle on 2016:
In 2016 we lost 70% on average – actually our whites were 80% down – fortunately we don’t have too much of those! Whilst all our volumes are down, we will only have one cuvée less in 2016. The whites are now bottled, the reds, as you can see, we have just started.

The wines…

I love the mouth-watering acidity of these wines. There are no wines that over-perform, yet all keep a high, consistent level. I also love that they are less easy than at many domaines – wines that will reward your patience!

2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay
Elevage for this was all in tank
A pretty width of fresh aroma – a little in the direction of lime. Plenty of volume with a little structure behind. This has a really good blend of the fresh and the persistent – mouth-watering too with a little rigour of structure – but tasty wine…

2016 Marsannay Blanc
All barrel elevage as ‘there was more barrels than wine – almost.’ Normally this sees half tank elevage
A tighter nose, yet with a good width of aroma. Fresh, melting flavour – really an extra level of deliciousness here. Modest rigour towards the finish but a lime fruit with an extra sucrosity – very tasty, and I don’t often say that about Marsannay Blanc!

2016 Fixin blanc
Three barrels, one new.
Also a tighter nose – very like the Marsannay. Again a little more brightness and sucrosity, really appealing in the mid-palate to the finish. Silky with just a hint of fat. Fine balance and fine flavour too.

Les Rouges:

2016 Marsannay, Champs Salomon
Ready in tank for bottling
Tight but fresh with pure dark fruit. Good volume in the mouth, a little mid-palate tannin then slowly mouth-watering very dark fruit – less red than many places – ‘typical of this vineyard’ says Isabelle. Faintly tannic. Yum!

2016 Marsannay Boivins
Also little tight but offering glimpse more energy than the last. Round, slowly mouth-watering, again withe quite dark fruit plus a subtle spice impression, long, and more energy in this finish. Dark and delicious wine.

The first two wines are not overtly sweet like many 2016s

2016 Fixin Les Champs Tions
A tight nose but with very pretty fresh energy. Brighter, fresher, a hint more tannin at the very base of the wine, but like the others, slowly leaching flavour with an enticing darkness of flavour with sucrosity too. Very yum despite a little finishing bitters…

2016 Chambolle-Musigny
Mainly From Les Echanges but a little Chardannes too.
A broader, highly attractive top note. Bright more open , more direct, less evident tannin, mouth-watering like the previous wines but with redder fruit. Like all wines for those with a little patience, but really to reward that patience. Persistent and yum!

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