Friday Feature 10/4/13: 2011 Releases from Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Hello and Happy Friday!

First, a bit of store news. Our in-store tastings are filling up, so remember to call the shop to reserve your space.

In case you missed it Wednesday, here is the info.

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Routier will be “on strike” tonight, as Craig is in Montreal this week.

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On to the Friday Feature.

There may not exist in this world, a more heady topic than white Burgundy. On the one hand, hey it’s just Chardonnay. On the other hand, it can be an incredibly seductive elixir, as potent and tender as a first kiss, a wine, when good, that haunts the memory and stirs the restless soul. It is expensive, sometimes riddled with problems and often frustrating. But when it’s right, it’s so so right. Sound like a dysfunctional relationship? Yeah, it sure does.

Today we have some good news for all you white Burgundy drinkers. We bring to you the 2011 offerings from superstar producer Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. We have been able to taste all the back vintages (starting with 2004) of this producer and are convinced he is making some of the greatest white wines in the Côte de Beaune. He is often compared to Roulot & Coche Dury.

We are also convinced he has cracked the code of this scourge of premature oxidation that has plagued white Burgundies since the 1990s. He participates in no battonage, minimal racking, and uses a high-quality cork, and seals his bottles with hard wax capsule that has not been treated with peroxide.

The 2011 vintage is one of charismatic freshness and youthful openness. While Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey’s selections from 2011 are certainly age-worthy, they are also a good bet to keep your white Burg thirsts slaked while you are waiting for your 2009s and 2010s to come around. We have carefully chosen vineyards whose terroirs will best showcase the depth and charm 2011 has to offer.

There is minimal wine to be had for 2011 so get your orders in early.

Cheers,
Craig & Sheb


Friday Feature

The Grand Crus

Please note, we are the only account in Chicago to receive any Grand Cru from this producer. Please apprise us immediately of your interest.

2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chevalier-Montrachet

While contiguous to the Grand Cru of Le Montrachet, Chevalier lies a bit further up the slope and is a nominally cooler site. Chevalier’s bedrock is a bit younger, and the resulting wines display beautiful mineral and elegance.

$379.00/ BTL-3 BTLS. AVAILABLE
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2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Criots-Bâtard- Montrachet

The smallest of all the Montrachet Grand Cru appendages, Criots is the most rare. It’s stony soils make for supple & classic Grand Cru Burgundies.

$330.00/ BTL-3 BTLS. AVAILABLE

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Premier Cru & Village Wines

2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Meursault “Genevrières 1er Cru”

Genevriéres, along with Perrières and Charmes constitutes the best the 1er crus Meursault has to offer. Meursault, always weightier and richer than its neighbors Chassagne & Puligny, sees one of its most crystalline expressions from this vineyard.

$103.00/ BTL.
6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE, DEADLINE FOR ORDER IS THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2013

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2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet “Chenevottes 1er Cru”

Chenevottes sits at the southern border of St. Aubin and is a relatively cool site that harbors two distinct lieux dits: Les Commes & Les Bondues. Pierre-Yves draws from both vineyards in his bottling. There is a lovely dichotomy at play here; a lacy dignity coupled with subtle power.

$73.00/ BTL.
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE, DEADLINE FOR ORDER IS THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2013

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2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet “Embrazées 1er Cru”

The 1er Cru of Embrazées is owned nearly in its entirety, by the Morey family, so this wine is part of the inheritance that Caroline Morey, Pierre-Yves’ wife, brings to the family. This vineyard makes a lusher, richer style of Chassagne.

$70.00/ BTL.
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE, DEADLINE FOR ORDER IS THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2013

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2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Baudins 1er Cru”

Also part of the Morey family legacy, Les Baudin sits on top of Embrazées, and both vineyards border Santenay in the northwestern corner. The soils here are white clay, and Les Baudins produces a taut, sleek style of white Burgundy well- suited to the Colin-Morey style.

$70.00/BTL.
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE, DEADLINE FOR ORDER IS THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2013

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2011 Pierre-Yves Chassagne-Montrachet “Ancegnières”

Les Enseignères lays underneath the Grand Cru of Bâtard-Montrachet on both the Puligny & Chassagne sides. Pierre- Yves has taken a more ancient spelling of the vineyard (starting with the letter ‘A’). Given the proximity of the vineyard to Bâtard, this certainly may be the sleeper of today’s offer. A profound and moving expression, if ever there were one, of Chardonnay. And well south of what you would expect to pay.

$55.00/ BTL

18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE, DEADLINE FOR ORDER IS THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2013
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Red Burgundy from Colin-Morey

2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Santenay ‘Ceps Centenaires’

In the lieux dit of Les Champs Claude, there is a particular section of Pinot Noir vines that were planted in 1900, thus the ‘Ceps Centenaires’ (century vines) designation. Pierre-Yves owns .3 ha of this old vines parcel. We were stunned by this wine in 2010 and have taken the entire Chicago allocation for 2011.

$39.00/BTL
24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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