Bourgogne Blanc 2018 – Bruno Colin.
In the realm of Burgundy winemaking, where tradition and terroir reign supreme, Bruno Colin’s 2018 Bourgogne Chardonnay emerges as a true masterpiece. As we uncork this bottle and embark on a sensory journey, let us delve into the history of the winery, the enchanting 2018 vintage, and the wine itself, which embodies the magic of both. This review invites you to savor the essence of Burgundy’s terroir and the artistry of a dedicated winemaker, Domaine Bruno Colin.
“Vintage Brilliance: Bruno Colin’s 2018 Bourgogne Chardonnay”.
About the Winery
Bruno Colin’s winemaking journey reads like a chapter from the rich history of Burgundy. Following his technical and commercial training at the esteemed Beaune Viticultural School, Bruno joined his family’s domaine, Michel Colin-Deleger, in 1993. For years, he absorbed the wisdom of generations, cultivating his skills and passion.
In 2003, a pivotal moment arrived when the family collectively decided to divide the domaine into three separate entities, birthing Domaine Bruno Colin. With the dawn of 2004, Bruno embarked on crafting wines that would soon capture the essence of the Burgundian terroir. Today, the domaine is a testament to his unwavering commitment, spanning 8.55 hectares of prestigious appellations across Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Santenay, and Dezize-les-Maranges.
About the Vintage
The 2018 Vintage: A Winemaking Fairy Tale
2018, with its radiant sun-kissed vineyards, is etched in history as a vintage of superlatives. It is a year where nature itself painted the canvas with fruity and floral scents, both delicate and powerful. Imagine strolling through orchards laden with pear, apricot, quince, and peach, all while the scent of exotic mango and the subtlety of almond notes hang in the air. But this vintage was more than just aromas; it was a complete story.
The 2018 whites are dense, round, and supremely structured, with an impeccable balance that showcases the mastery of this vintage. The denouement, marked by a beautiful acidity, gave these wines the freshness to age gracefully.
About the Wine
The 2018 Bourgogne Chardonnay hails from a small 0.80-hectare plot with clay-limestone soil. The vine plantings, spanning back from 1981 to recent years, reflect the domain’s commitment to the art of winemaking. With a focus on biological cultivation and manual harvests with selective sorting, only the finest grapes are chosen for vinification.
As you pour this Chardonnay, a pure, clear hue with subtle green glimmers invites you into the glass. The nose, fresh and direct, reveals alluring aromas of white fruits, setting the stage for what is to come. On the palate, you encounter a round, textured wine with a delightful minerality—a true reflection of the terroir. The story ends with a lively finish, leaving an indelible mark on the senses.
Bruno Colin’s 2018 Bourgogne Chardonnay is a testament to the harmonious marriage of terroir and vintage. It embodies the essence of a remarkable year and the dedication of a winemaker deeply rooted in the heart of Burgundy. This wine is not just a sip; it is a journey—a journey through time, a journey through terroir, and a journey through the soul of a winemaker committed to producing wines that offer a pure and simple expression of Burgundian terroirs.
So, whether you enjoy it now or cellar it for future enjoyment, remember that each glass holds a chapter in the Burgundy wine story, a masterpiece born of craftsmanship and nature’s benevolence.
It is a pleasure to see that a producer like Bruno Colin brings his dedication and quest for quality to every single bottle in his wine collection. Although this Bourgogne Chardonnay is merely the Domaine’s ‘entry level wine’ it shines as bright as its more esteemed brothers and sisters. We award this white pearl with a 90-point DWA score.
This wine is reviewed by our own Niels Aarts.
Taste date: May 2022
Score: 90/100 DWA Score
Website: Domaine Bruno Colin