Product information

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Chenevottes’ 2017

Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Côte du Beaune, Burgundy, France


$260ea in any 3+
$250ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork


It was funny that drinking a 2016 Bourgogne from him took me to the textures and energy we sought at Yarra Yering. It goes to show just how far Aussie Chardonnay has come and how difficult it can be to distinguish between the two.

Out of stock

Check out all of the wines by Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Why is this Wine so Yummy?

I met Pierre-Yves when back in 1999 whilst doing vintage at Domaine Bernard-Moreau. Just another of the down to earth lads from the region.

It was funny that drinking a 2016 Bourgogne from him took me to the textures and energy we sought at Yarra Yering. It goes to show just how far Aussie Chardonnay has come and how difficult it can be to distinguish between the two.

The texture of the PYCM wines is outstanding matching the core of fruit. These are exceptional Chardonnays.

About Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

“The quality Colin is achieving is starting to put him in an elite group and I suspect he will continue to improve. If so, Colin may soon rival for the best micro negociant in Burgundy specializing in whites.”
Burghound, July 2009
Established as one of the young rising stars of Burgundy, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey in 2005 left his family Domaine, Marc Colin, where he gained a solid reputation for his outstanding white wines. Pierre-Yves took control of a share of the family vineyards (Domaine Marc Colin) from 2006 vintage. His first vintages have been made from vineyards and growers that he works closely with buying the wine as must and aging the wines in barrels which he has supplied. If the resulting wines meet his standards the barrels of wine purchased are then matured in his own cold cellar below his house in Chassagne Montrachet.

These wines are produced with natural yeasts, no lees stirring and no filtration that are built to age classically up to 10 years or more.Domaine Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is based in the wine appellation of Chassagne-Montrachet in Burgundy. The eldest son of Marc Colin, Pierre-Yves worked at the family domaine from 1994 to 2005. Meanwhile, with his wife Caroline (née Morey) he had established a négociant business in 2001 under the name Colin-Morey. After the 2005 harvest he left the family domaine, taking with him his six-hectare share of the vineyards, which now form part of the Colin-Morey label.

Pierre-Yves’s techniques have evolved since leaving the family domaine, in part in response to the problem of premature oxidation. There is no more battonage and the cellar is no longer heated to encourage the malolactic fermentation.

The wines are kept in barrel longer (the barrels are from François Frères and Chassin, with about one third new wood, including 350-litre casks), the St-Aubins being bottled before the next harvest but the remainder being kept on lees for up to 18 months. The bottles are sealed with wax on top of corks which have not been treated with peroxide.

His own vineyards are mostly to be found in the wine appellation of St-Aubin, including premiers crus Chatèniere, Champlots and Remilly, and Chassagne-Montrachet: village Ancegnières and premiers crus Chenevottes and Caillerets.

However, the full range of wines from purchased grapes covers wines from Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault and the grand crus as well, including very fine Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and weightier Bâtard-Montrachet. More recently he has starting making wine from Pernand-Vergelesses, sitting adjacent to Aloxe-Corton. The Grand Cru’s of Corton and Corton-Charlemagne cross the border of the two with parcels in both appellations.

Ref: Jasper Morris MW,  Inside Burgundy – The Book

Where in the World is Chassagne-Montrachet?

Click to view detailed map

3 Grand Cru’s: Montrachet & Bârtard-Montrachet, both shared with Puligny. Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet the only Grand Cru residing fully in Chassagne.

54 Premier Cru’s and 47 Lieux Dits

Making both exceptional red and white wines. Roughly 1/4 of the Premier Cru plantings are red.


The reds of Chassagne tend to be reminiscent of Chambolle, with lovely fine long tannins, subtlety and perfume. Look out for the red Premier Cru’s Clos St-Jean, the monopole La Cardeusse owned by Domaine Bernard-Moreau, Morgeot and La Boudriotte. With the exception of Clos St-jean these are in the more Southern part of the village bordering Santenay. The red Village Chassagne wines are well worth trying too.


The whites of Chassagne tend to have greater opulence and perceived. richness than those of Saint Aubin and Puligny. There are so many wonderful whites, obviously, the Grand Cru’s, also the Premier Cru’s Grandes Ruchottes (often thought of as near Grand Cru by the locals), La Romanée, and, I’ve always had a soft spot for Les Chenevottes.

Exploring the Geology & Geography of the Villages

In this video the villages of Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin and Chassagne-Montrachet are explored. Towards the end, you’ll note the discussion of the soils in the south part of Chassagne-Montrachet being the same as parts of the Côte de Nuits.

Exploring Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault with Olivier Leflaive. Early Olivier notes the differences in colour when the wines are young, his Chassagne’s a little yellow, Puligny’s with a green tinge and Mersault golden. At the end of the video there is a fascinating tasting of Olivier Leflaives village whites from Chassagne, Meursault, and, Puligny exploring the differences between the three.

The summary reflects my own generalisation for the white wines of these villages beautifully. Whites from Chassagne tend to be more opulent and have great perceived richness, Meursault can be quite bold and full, Puligny typically the more linear, structured with greater perceived mineral acidity.

As is always the case, different sites and vintages impact these generalisations, a cooler vintage or one with lot’s of millerandage, can result in higher acids defining Chassagne as an example more than in a warmer year. In hot years there can be less differentiation between the villages.

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet, France

Côte du Beaune