Joseph Colin | Branching out from Tradition
First trained in the art of making the family wine at Domaine Marc Colin, Joseph decided to branch out in 2016 to start his own label and create his own legacy of wines.
With the Colin family so revered throughout Burgundy's Côte de Beaune, Joseph started to forge his own path and try his hand at his own invention. With a storied history and penchant for crafting exceptional wines of distinction, the family skills have been distilled into his own winemaking, as he has started to become another prominent Colin of the Saint-Aubin subregion.
The initial training at Domaine Marc Colin, working alongside his brother, Pierre-Yves, gave him the confidence to take a hold of his inheritance of just over six hectares of vineyards from his family holdings. These vines were spread across nineteen different appellations, and the perfect jumping off point for his exciting new venture. This process of bestowing the oldest children with some of the best holdings of the family Domaine to make their own stamp in the world of wine is a Burgundian tradition, and as his brother left in the early 2000s, Joseph could not wait to venture out on his own.
It is a blessing when a talented vigneron like Joseph Colin breaks free from family tradition to pursue a singular dream. It means that he isn't restrained to staid routine anymore and his talent can blossom naturally and without borders.
Now after four vintages, France (and the world) is able to witness Joseph's vision coming to fruition and all his ensuing accomplishments. Both in the vineyards and cellar, he is making some of the most prized wines in Saint-Aubin.
Among his vines, yields are kept low in order to form grapes with full juices and strong flavours, allowing the resulting wines to be ones of substance. Joseph opts to harvest on the early side of the season to retain an unmistakable purity and freshness in his wines, avoiding any chances of the grapes rotting or become flabby and tasteless. Finding the tension and vibrancy within his whites, means setting up a personal signature of his wines.
Once in the vinification room, only the very healthy grapes are pressed and then handled as little as possible to avoid trituration. Joseph forgoes bâttonage, filtration and fining, all to avoid stripping the wines of character during the whole process, bringing forth the purity of the vast terroirs he so delicately grows his vines. Opting for no sulphur during the winemaking process, he only introduces a medicinal dose of sulphur in the final racking before sedimentation in stainless steel tanks.
Joseph Colin continues to strive for the highest quality every vintage with the warmer years further cementing the quality of highly elevated vineyards like Saint-Aubin.
Where are his well-located vineyards? Below is the list of each parcel he has vines planted in:
- Chassagne Montrachet Rouge
- Bourgogne Aligoté
- Bourgogne Chardonnay "La Combe"
- Saint Aubin "Compendium"
- Chassagne Montrachet Blanc
- Puligny Montrachert "Le Trezin"
- Saint Aubin 1er Cru "Clos du Meix"
- Saint-Aubin 1er Cru "Sur le Sentier du Clou"
- Saint Aubin 1er Cru "Les Frionnes"
- Saint Aubin 1er Cru "Les Combes"
- Saint Aubin 1er Cru "En Remilly"
- Saint Aubin 1er Cru "La Chatenière"
- Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru "Vide Bourse"
- Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru "En Cailleret"
- Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "La Garenne"
- Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
- Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru