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Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is garnering a lot of attention in the Côtes de Beaune, and the excitement surrounding his wines is palpable. His name is now uttered in the same hushed breaths as Roulot, Coche & Lafon. In 2005 he split from his family’s Domaine, 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 11 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 fermentation. He is utilizing less new oak, bigger casks (350L pieces versus the traditional 228L barrique) and the wine goes through longer elevage (time in barrel). Finally, the bottles are sealed with wax that has not been treated with peroxide. These techniques seem to be working.

Now, about Saint-Aubin. This is a village that sits directly behind and to the west of Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet. To proclaim that it is the same due to its proximity is overstating the situation, but to ignore it’s great value would be dismissive. The Colin family, from whom Pierre-Yves is descended, owns quite a nice chunk of Saint-Aubin. And Pierre-Yves’ lawful inheritance included several hectares of 1er Crus in this relatively ignored village. Saint-Aubin makes up 60% of his total production. The rows that Pierre Yves owns are optimally situated upon hillsides, and the resulting wines are stunning.


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