Domaine Collotte, Philippe Collotte
France, Bourgogne, Côte de Nuits
It was at the 2006 Grand Jours de Bourgogne that I was looking for excellent Burgundies at equally excellent value. Marsannay came to mind as a good candidate, but aside from a couple of well-known producers, I was disappointed in the quality of many. That is until I came upon Philippe Collotte. A tall, quiet man, but with a lot of passion to make superb wines just waiting to be unleashed. Producing lower yields, more selection before and at harvest, de-stemmed fruit, and for us he bottles everything unfiltered. His Bourgogne parcel was planted in 1947 and there are 5 parcels of 50+ year old vines in his super-value Marsannay VV. Indeed all of the Marsannay single vineyard cuvees are old vines. Tillage is all done by plowing, no chemical weed-killers ever used, and the philosophy is that a lot of work done in the vines promotes healthy grapes for excellent wine. Collotte’s yields are well below the appellation’s allowances. All fermentations are done with indigenous yeasts only. Recently, Philippe's daughter, Isabelle has completed viticulture school and is joining her father in the domaine. Her specialty is making the family's superb Marsannay blancs. The wines produced by the Collottes are some of the best kept secrets in our portfolio.
|Wine||Varietals||Vine Age||Soil Type||Farming Type|
|Marsannay Rosé||Pinot Noir||31-58 years||5 various clay-limestone parcels||Sustainable|
|Marsannay Blanc||Chardonnay||30-40 years||Clay and stoney caillouteaux||Sustainable|
|Marsannay "Les Champsalomon" Blanc||Chardonnay||40+ years||Marl||Sustainable|
|Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Noble Souche"||Pinot Noir||65+ years||Cailloux (small pebbles)||Sustainable|
|Marsannay Cuvée Vieilles Vignes||Pinot Noir||50 years||5 various clay-limestone parcels||Sustainable|
|Marsannay "Les Deux Places"||Pinot Noir||-||Limestone||Sustainable|
|Marsannay "Les Champsalomon"||Pinot Noir||40+ years||Marl||Sustainable|
|Marsannay "Le Clos de Jeu"||Pinot Noir||50 years||Soft limestone||Sustainable|
|Marsannay "En Combereau"||Pinot Noir||50+ years||Limestone crinoidal, shallow soil on bedrock||Sustainable|
|Marsannay "Les Boivins"||Pinot Noir||40+ years||Limestone Comblanchien||Sustainable|
|Fixin||Pinot Noir||30-40 years||Clay-limestone||Sustainable|
|Fixin "Les Crais de Chêne"||Pinot Noir||40+ years||Clay-limestone||Sustainable|
|Chambolle-Musigny Cuvee Vieilles Vignes||Pinot Noir||40-45 years||-||Sustainable|
Marsannay Rosé is long-standing cultural tradition in Burgundy with Marsannay being the only village to have the appellation for a rosé. Collotte’s Marsannay Rosé is produced from assembling five parcels: "Méchalot” of 31 years old vines, “Avoines” of 58 year old vines, “La Vaux” of 54 year old vines, “La Champagne” of 37 year old vines and “Auvonnes” of 33 year old vines. The wine is made from 75% direct press and 25% 36 hour maceration fruit. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks with malo done before Chirstmas and bottling in early March. This wine is always fresh and balanced, with a bouquet of peach and candy, and bursting with red fruit.
The Marsannay Blanc comes from two plots, “Blungey” (stoney, “caillouteux” soil) and “Les Etalles” (clay soil best for ripening white wine) both situated in the center of the Marsannay appellation on stoney, “caillouteux” soil. Half is aged in stainless steel tank, half in barrel (10% new oak) for 13 months.
The Marsannay Champsalomon is from the village of Couchey. The 40+ year old vines are on the marl soil of the Ostrea Acuminata.
Bourgogne “Noble Souché” translates to the “noble vine” from almost 70 year old vines planted in 1947 on Marsannay Cailloux soil from Champforeys. Entirely, de-estemmed, slow fermentation with 5 days of pre-maceration. Aged for 11 months 90% in stainless steel tank, this is a lovely, subtlety rich Côte de Nuits wine.
The Marsannay Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is assembled from five different terroirs of the appellation: "Combereau", "Favières", " Grasses Têtes ", " Boivin "and "Récilles" on vines of about 50 years old. Completely destemmed, the wine is fermented and aged in tank.
The Marsannay Deux Places is a single parcel that straddles “Vignes Marie” and “Boivin”. Aged in young but not new barrel.
The Marsannay Champsalomon is from the village of Couchey. The 40+ year old vines on marl soil of the Ostrea Acuminata produces a wine of finesse and minerality with very aromatic fruit and spicy notes. Aged in oak, 25% new, to round the tannins.
The Clos de Jeu Marsannay comes from several parcels of 50 year old vines from Clos de Jeu on soft limestone crinoidal soil. Aged in oak, 25% new, this wine is harmonious in its flavors and tannins.
The Marsannay Combereau is from the village of Couchey. The 50+ year old vines and shallow soil of crinoidal limestone on bedrock produces very ripe and healthy grapes. Aged in oak, 25% new, to round the tannins. The Combereau Marsannay is a wine with strong and complex aromatics with well-balanced tannin potential.
The Marsannay Boivins is lieu-dit in Marsannay Villages, on vines over 40 years and varying limestone soil. Aged in oak, 25% new, to round the tannins.
The Fixin is from two parcels of Village Fixin both both with eastern exposition on calcareous clay soil. Aged in oak, 25% new, to round the tannins.
The Marsannay Crais de Chene is from 40+ year old vines on clay-limestone soil. The vines face east to gather the sweet morning sun. Due to the old age of the vines, the grapes are very small and concentrated with flavor. Completely destemmed, the wine is aged in barrel, 30% new, for 12 months.
The Chambolle-Musigny is from 40+ year old vines in the lieu-dit "Aux Echanges". Aged in oak, 30% new, to round the tannins and aged another year in bottle. Deep color, black currant and blackberry aromas and flavors.