Joseph Colin has fast become one of the Côte de Beaune’s most fashionable names. His first commercial vintage was only 2017, when he officially stepped away from the family business, Domaine Marc Colin.
He had joined the family firm in 1993, aged just 19, and took over the winemaking in 2005 after his brother Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey left to focus on his own label (one that has become a cult name for Burgundy fans). Joseph Colin took a slice of the family estate, working with 6.5 hectares (mainly in Saint-Aubin and Chassagne-Montrachet) to make 21 different cuvées.
His philosophy is one of minimal intervention, working with as little sulphur as possible and no filtering or fining. He is not certified organic or biodynamic, however avoids chemicals, working sustainably in the vineyard, and works not just to the lunar calendar but to the tidal calendar, believing, for example, that it is best to bottle at low tide when the wines are closed and the flavours are all in the wine.
The resulting wines are pure, acid-driven and mineral; a lithe and lean style of Chardonnay that is a pure expression of place. He uses minimal new oak, feeling it masks the terroir. His production is normally around 40,000 bottles a year, a volume which he doesn’t plan to increase as it means he can taste every barrel himself to decide what each needs. A rising star of the region, we expect to see much more of Joseph Colin.