Based in Santenay, where his family has farmed vines in the 17th century, René Lequin-Colin’s domaine extends over 27 acres, organically farmed since 2009 and Ecocert® certified since 2012. He allows ambient yeasts to ferment his wines and works to minimize his use of sulfur, managing his barrels to keep new oak at around 10 percent. Blended from two parcels in Santenay, half of this fruit ferments in neutral barrels, half in stainless steel, then it ages for 10 months in barrels (10 percent new). There aren’t many Bourgogne blancs with delicate depths of flavor—here, it’s golden apple and a crisp line of refreshing acidity, ending on the savor of white tea and almonds. This is a pretty astonishing value.
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Domaine René Lequin-Colin 2020 Bourgogne Chardonnay
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