Sometimes you have a wine that just reminds you why you love wines from a certain region. This was one of those wines.
Marc Colin 2002 St. Aubin 1er Les Charmois (St. Aubin, $30)
I served this wine blind to a few friends two weeks ago, and it was evident that the mark of the great 2002 vintage in Burgundy is all over this wine. This was like a baby Puligny-Montrachet. Scratch that, it was like a Puligny-Montrachet - it had the elegance of a 1er Cru (perhaps Foliatieres), though with less amplitude. Text book white burgundy nose of slate, baked apples, and that "something-something" that cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the world with the Chardonnay grape. Flavors just sing in the mouth, and in perfect balance. Drinking awesome right now, and the low acidity suggests drinking this in the next 3-5 years. Gorgeous wine, and for $25-30, one of the QPR wines of the year for me. 92 points.
I promptly loaded up on a mixed case of 2002 Marc Colin St. Aubins - I hope the others are just as good as this one. Reading Duke's notes on older bottlings give me a lot of optimism.