Few villages in the Cote de Beaune attract the level of attention as Chassagne-Montrachet where the fragmentation if the large family estates has been happening for quite some time, if your name is Colin, Morey or a variation of these names, there is a pretty good chance that you have amazing vineyards in the area.
The “latest” addition to this lineage is Simon Colin, he is the son of Philippe and nephew of Bruno, we’ll get back to why this is important below.
The Colin family tree started with Pierre Colin who had three sons:
– Andre Colin, whose son is Marc Colin: father of Pierre-Yves, Joseph, Damien and Caroline
– Louis Colin, whose son is Bernard Colin: who sold his estate to the Picard family, now vinified under the Domaine Au Pied du Mont Chauve
– Francois Colin, whose son is Michel Colin-Deleger: father of Bruno and Philippe
As it is well known, in Burgundy the Estates are split amongst the next generation and Simon’s time has come to get 2/3 of Philippe’s vineyards effective with the 2021 vintage and he will move into his father’s modern winery in the same area as people like PYCM, Niellon and the two Pillots. He should complete the acquisition of the rest of the vineyards, mostly Grand Crus and Premiers Crus in over the next 10 years.
Simon did not wait to have is own vineyards to make wine though, his fist vintage under the Simon Colin label was in 2017 when he started sourcing fruit in Chassagne, Puligny and Rully and produced a range of regional wines, villages and a few carefully crafted premiers crus. His experience as a Vigneron is quite impressive at his young age as he has trained at his uncle Bruno where he got his feet wet but has also been the assistant winemaker at Domaine Etienne Sauzet through the 2020 Harvest. He was also the assistant-winemaker for the South African property that his father purchased and assisted in making the 2015s at Domaine Philippe Colin as well as travelled to Oregon to work one season at Adelsheim Winery.
His vineyards will expand from Rully, Maranges, Santenay and obviously Chassagne-Montrachet and Saint-Aubin and consist of 70% whites and 30% reds.