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.
Two irreproachable sources of really fine, precise, ageworthy white burgundy are the world-famous Domaine Jean-François Coche-Dury of Meursault and the up-and-coming négociant Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey of Chassagne-Montrachet. A clear sense of evolution is in the air at both… The list of those seeking allocations of Coche white burgundies is already wildly over-subscribed but it may not be too late to secure some Colin-Morey wines. Pierre-Yves, son of Marc Colin, has very much gone his own way, adding carefully to his own vineyards with a small roster of hand-picked growers from whom he buys. His wines are as intense as he is, and he, another Côte de Beaune producer to have moved his wine showroom out of his kitchen to separate premises, seems utterly dedicated to making the wines better every year. JANCIS ROBINSON MW
The 2018 Vintage
“2015 produced the ripest wines, 2016 the most exotic, 2017 the most typical (though still fairly forward) while 2018 has characteristics of all three. 2018 produced ripe yet very fresh and particularly aromatic whites that are at once fleshy, delicious and reasonably well-balanced. In much the same fashion as the 2016s and the 2017s, they are notably saline in character which contributes to the impression of dryness on the generally refreshing and vibrant finishes.” from Burghound – Allen Meadows
“2018 another early vintage, but rather slightly earlier than slightly late! This year 12.5° would have been a bit early for the vintage, likewise 13.5° a little late – figgy – I’m talking whites, reds were 12-12.8° here – I always try to avoid extremes. But it’s still something of a mystery – where did all this juice come from? (smile) – the week before the harvest we looked at the vines we were sure that we had 40-50 hl/ha! Just the first Bourgogne has been bottled so far – everything was racked in August – the grand crus and some premiers back into barrel, the others into tank. Bottling for the latter by the end of the year, the others not before April 2020.” Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report, December 2019
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 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey?
Based in Chassagne-Montrachet, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey has vineyard throughout the Côtes du Beaune. In this offer we see fruit coming from Pernand-Vergelesses right next to the Grand Cru Corton, Saint-Aubin, and, Chassagne-Montrachet.
Find out more about each of these villages in the Wine Bites Magazine.
Pernand-Vergelesses is tucked into the junction of two valleys among the hills of the Côte de Beaune.
The nearby Hill of Corton stands guard over it and two other villages, Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny, harboring prestigious Grands Crus: Corton in red and Corton-Charlemangne in white.
Heading further south you’ll find the four villages Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Saint-Aubin, and, Chassagne-Montrachet clustered together.
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