Philippe Colin Le Charmois, Saint-Aubin Premier Cru, France, 2013
The Le Charmois parcel is situated at the edge of Saint-Aubin, just a third of a mile from the premier cru vineyard in Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumées. Le Charmois is only 33 feet from Philippe’s other Saint-Aubin wine, Les Combes, yet their soils are markedly different. Two plots of vines (20 years and 60 years old) are set in limestone soils, whereas Les Combes’ terroir consists of a high clay content. The vineyards are trained in the Single Guyot method and farmed sustainably, following la lutte raisonnée (the practice of using less chemicals, less often, less aggressively than conventional growers), with rigorous plowing and minimal use of chemical sprays.
Grape / Blend
Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, France
Ethereal, elegant yet powerful and more subtle than Les Combes, this rich wine displays refined fruit—inclusive of Asian pears—wet stone and less pronounced oak flavors. The terroir is evident in the extra-long, dry finish.