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Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin Le Banc 2016

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France


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.

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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 Saint-Aubin?

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The whites of Saint-Aubin tend to be supple without the same opulence as the white of Chassagne or linearity of those from Puligny.

Saint-Aubin branches off from Chassagne-Montrachet. Containing some 20 Premier Cru’s producing 75% white and 25% red.

Produces like Lamy and Pierre-Yves-Collin-Morey are working hard to raise the perception of the village which produces fantastic wines.

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.

The 2016 Vintage in Saint-Aubin

Reports from Olivier Lamy. He did suffer losses to the frosts that ravaged the Côte de Beaune, but it was not as big a disaster for this producer as it was for some, and we have an excellent allocation all things considered. The whites have serious depth yet, as always at this address, tremendous tension, minerality and racy freshness. They have the intensity of 2014, but probably more flesh. They will benefit from two to five years to develop, or even six months just to settle down, although they will wow from the get-go.

90 Points

The 2016 Saint-Aubin Cuvée Marguerite from Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is a multi-vineyard blend after frost devastated his vines. This is delicious, quite aromatic on the nose with hints of wild honey, almost like a 2015, touches of peaches and cream after 20 minutes aeration. The palate is harmonious and generous with a fine bead of acidity, hints of almond and traces of vanilla on the finish. There is nothing cerebral here, but it is very delicious.

Neal Martin

Where in the world does the magic happen?

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