|Hello and Happy Friday!
This Friday, we are offering the scant spring releases from rock-star Burgundy producer Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey (aka PYCM).
Sheb has returned from France, with a renewed spirit and tired out liver. Some croissants may have been consumed. She is happy to report that she found, and is in the process of trying to bring in, two great Loire Valley producers, so stay tuned for more info.
This is the part of the year we call “guess who is in France now?” and the answer is Craig. He departs for his annual Champagne visit on April 13th. As a result, we will be closed for another pair of Mondays, this time Monday, April 14th &Monday, April 21st.
The Portuguese wine tastings sold out pretty quickly, but we have more Portuguese events planned. We will let you know as soon as we get it organized.
Craig & Sheb
Having just spent 4 days in Burgundy, I can happily report that it’s natural beauty and unflagging devotion to the nuances of terroir remain a constant, even in these uncertain times. As the world’s thirst for the stuff grows, the only issue is that the Burgundians cannot make enough wine to satisfy demand. 2010-2013 saw dramatic decreases in production due to various challenges presented by Mother nature. As a result, our allocations have shrunk, and as we move into 2012, it seems that less and less wine becomes available for sale- Sheb
This Friday Feature is the spring releases from near-legendary producer
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. Here is an excerpt from what we wrote about him last year:
“About Pierre Yves Colin-Morey
Pierre Yves Colin is garnering a lot of attention in the Cotes de Beaune, and the excitement surrounding his wines is palatable. His name is beginning to be uttered in the same hushed breaths as Roulot, Coche & Lafon. In 2005 he split from his family’s domaine (he is the eldest son of Marc Colin) taking with him his 6ha inheritance. The Colin-Morey label also includes purchased fruit from Puligny-Montrachet as well as some Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet & Bâtard-Montrachet.
Pierre Yves has evolved dramatically as a winemaker since his departure 8 years ago. In response to the growing concerns over prematurely-oxidizing white Burgundies, he has stopped all battonage (lees stirring) and the cellar is not heated to hasten the malolactic fermentations. He is utilizing less new oak, bigger casks (350 L pieces versus the traditional 228 L barrique) and the wine goes through longer elevages (time in barrel). Finally, the bottles are sealed with wax that has not been treated with peroxide. These techniques seem to be working. Both Craig and I have been able to taste through the range of his 2004s & 2006s, both rough years for white Burgundy with very bad reports regarding premature oxidation and we can report happily that nary a rusty, sherry-esque, not eggy note was to be found. “
ABOUT THE APPELLATION:
The village of Saint-Aubin sports about 237 hectares of vineyards and has long been a sort of insider secret for great white Burgundy values. It is located west of Chassagne-Montrachet, and has an air of times past, with quaintly dilapidated stone houses and the slow hum of a place unfettered by the intensity of modern times. The Colin family has long been entrenched here, and have wisely bought plots as they have become available.
2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Blanc $40.99
The fruit comes from outside Puligny & Saint-Aubin, a fantastic entry into this producer’s style.
36 Bottles Available
2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin ‘Le Banc” $49.99
A single vineyard that continues up the valley from Les Castetes, sometimes called “Le Ban”.
12 Bottles Available
2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin ‘Les Combes 1er Cru’ $61.99
25ha vineyard south of Chassagne, mineral driven with good richness.
12 Bottles Available
2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin ‘Champlots 1er Cru’ $69.99
A steep south-west facing vineyard overlooking the village of Gamay. This plot is farmed mainly by the Colin family.
12 Bottles Available
2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin ‘En Remilly’ $72.99
This may be the most well-known vineyard in all of Saint-Aubin and considered, critically, to be the best. It is the closest to Le Montrachet and in possession of steep, stony soils. This is one to lay down for a few years.
6 Bottles Available