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Marc Colin, St-Aubin 1er Cru La Chatenière 1996
Lovely light straw colour. Very flowery, fresh, lightly oaked character, full of lemony fruit but with a lovely flinty, steely quality too. Dry, classy, delicious and easy to drink burgundy. Elegant and clean, classy and refreshing. (07/97) This was purchased at the vineyard (where the original note was made). I opened this bottle wondering if that lovely freshness would still be there and really needn't have been concerned: the pale straw colour looked just as youthful and on the nose that perfect balance of lemony, crisp fruit, a more generous peach and cream note and an intriguingly firm core. There are also nuances of acacia and blossom. On the palate lovely balance, with ripe orchard fruits and a chewy density of texture, then taut acidity that freshens the palate and gives the wine great poise. Really lovely stuff. St-Aubin 1er Crus from good makers like Colin, Prudhon and Thomas can be had for little more than £10/$16 and represent great value in white Burgundy, especially in fine vintages like this. (08/00)