Michel Colin-Deléger et Fils
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Philippe Colin was quite happy with the Domaine's wines in 99, calling them ripe yet elegant with medium-term aging potential. He also suggested that because of the ample baby fat and good but not elevated acidity levels they will likely drink well all their lives. Because of the ample grape sugars, chaptalization was held to a minimum, which is to say less than half a degree for most wines. The wines saw 20 to 30% new oak and were bottled just before the harvest in August. I tasted them in February.
As is usually the case, the 99s of Domaine Colin-Deleger are elegant wines with an emphasis on finesse and detail. They are not especially dense or powerful and subscribers who favor white Burgundies that make an emphatic statement may find this set of 99s, when considered as a group, to be on the subtle side. That said, several of the wines are incredible and fully merit a place in every serious cellar.
Trivia buffs take note: there is normally a noticeable difference between the Clos St. Abdon Les Demoiselles and the Colin-Deleger version but in 99, the wines were blended and thus, there is no difference. Since the Clos St. Abdon version normally sells at a 20 to 30% discount to the Colin version, one can save a few a bucks by buying the Clos St. Abdon in 99.