Domaine René Lequin-Colin

Burgundy | Côte de Beaune | Santenay

The wines of this domaine emphasize purity and transparency. From 1er and grand cru holdings in Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet, vigneron François Lequin lets each site speak in the clearest possible voice through organic farming and “a small hand” in the cellar. There is a bright freshness to the wines, from the Retour aux Racines that is a complete departure from basic Bourgogne Blanc to the regal, but never overbearing Bâtard-Montrachet. The pinot noirs are charming and fruit-driven, marked by drinkability and finesse. Altogether, the Lequin-Colin range represents a rare opportunity to tap into tremendous quality and value in Burgundy.

Domaine René Lequin-Colin 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Geographically, this site is the obvious outlier in the Lequin-Colin range, but it—as well as the Domaine’s Bâtard-Montrachet holdings—has been with the estate since before the marriage which joined the Lequin and the eponymous Colin families. A 0.18 ha parcel was purchased by François’ grandfather after WWII (shortly after the AOC was created in 1937) in “Les Languettes” along the border of “Les Clos du Roi.” At the time, the vineyard was a mixed planting of chardonnay, pinot noir and also a little pinot meunier. The estate made red Corton “Les Longuettes” until 2011; then half of the vineyard was replanted with chardonnay in 2013. The other half was planted to chardonnay in 1990. It is from this parcel where this wine hails; the first vintage of the new parcel will be in 2015. There were four barrels made in 2014, one of which was new, so 25% new oak only on this Grand Gru Burgundy. It has some relation to the Morgeot, with its spicy character, but it is a more impressive wine, as it should be. It’s Lequin-Colin’s “grandest” wine—which seems fitting since the vineyard is named after the-larger-than-life Holy Roman Emperor of the same name—but it’s also a matter of terroir, for on this hill, under the dense forest above, nearly all of the marl has eroded away to leave a narrow band of oolitic limestone mixed with marl. The marl lends body and the limestone the spice and backbone, but this Corton-Charlemagne remains firmly in the Lequin-Colin range with its focus, purity and freshness.

  • 2015
  • Chardonnay
  • Grand Cru
  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Côte de Beaune
  • Certified Organic: Ecocert
  • Corton-Charlemagne
  • Southeast
  • Clay, limestone
  • 12 months neutral barrel (20% new) - 3 months stainless
  • Neutral barrel (20% new)
  • <2
  • 750 ml

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