By Tom Brushfield


“Fluid, sensuous, tactile wines… 2019 is a year of concentration and texture – the yields were low – and there’s a fascinating finishing ‘tannic/phenolic’ texture in the majority of these 2019s" Burgundy Report – Bill Nanson, December 2020

“This is not just one of the top domaines in the Cote de Beaune in Burgundy, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is now well recognised as one of the greatest winemakers and domaines in the world. Consistently producing benchmark wines in each vintage.”

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.

The white wines are whole bunch pressed, fermented with natural yeasts, aged on lees for up to 18 months in mostly in 350 litre barrels with no lees stirring and no filtration. The resulting wines are built to age classically up to 10 years or more.

Pierre-Yves on 2019:
“2019 was a more complicated vintage. My souvenir is the frost – we ended with between 30 to 70% fewer grapes depending on the parcels – St.Aubin was the worst-frosted area. But what followed was nice growing season and the fruit was superb, but the quantity was ‘thin.’

Harvesting began 6 September and of course, the maturity was quite exceptional – 13.7-14.7° – we couldn’t really pick earlier because the maturity came so very fast – but we still have good acidities! 14 and 14.5° we’ve seen before but that was always due to botrytis and with that, you always lose acidity. You might say that 14° is over-mature but the grapes with 14° today look perfect.
Still, we chose to block about 20-40% of the malos per cuvée – the same for Caroline – it wasn’t a question of by cuvée, more the number of barrels – 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 – to keep the maximum freshness – we also did that a little in 2013 – that was the last time. The first wines were racked into tank in August, others back into barrel – all 350-litre barrels.”
White Wines

2019 Aligote $61 LIMITED
Parcel in Hautes Côtes de Beaune – 50-yo vines of a type with a slightly rosé skin – also 350 l barrels. The only wine with full malo in the range. It will be bottled in January with the St.Aubins. Our last vines harvested 12.7° ”That’s a rather forward and perfumed nose. Steely, fresh, a palate that recalls Chablis from style if not flavour. Lots of juicy energy in the finish – super!” October 2020

2019 Bourgogne Chardonnay $90 LIMITED
From vines located in Meursault (40%), Puligny (15%), Chassagne (15%) and also Saint Aubin (30%). Made exactly like all the other wines, just a shorter elevage. Not yet labelled Côte d’Or ‘It can be but the clients have never asked for it. "A deeper nose, faintly reductive, seemingly a little mineral. Wide, more supple, bright energy, but with fresh comfort. A fine indeed completely delicious more mineral finishing favour. Bravo!” October 2020

2019 Santenay ‘Comme Dessus’ $132 1 available

2019 St.Aubin ‘Le Banc’ $143 2 available
A blend of multiple parcels, but all from this same village’s lieu-dit, with 3 generations of vines. In totality, this is the largest parcel of the domaine at over 1 hectare located at the end of the valley above the village of St Aubin. “Adding a little more vibration to aroma here. Direct, melting, still finely fresh, starting to see the classic PYCM agrume fruit here – and delicious it is – long finishing. It looks like it’s going to be a great range this year…“ October 2020

2019 St.Aubin ‘Hommage a Marguerite’ 1er cru $181 2 available
Three 1er crus combined: Combes, Perrières and les Creots – about the same of each – made first time in 2016 due to the frost, ‘the name is from my maternal grandmother who died about the same time as the frost in 2016. “Super the nose is agrume but shaded more towards oranges – the flesh. Bigger, more energy, a slight bubble from the gas – more zesty in the finish – there are not so many wines like this in 19. Saline and beautifully long – yes!“ October 2020

2019 St.Aubin ‘Les Champlots’ 1er cru $192 1 available
From a south-west facing vineyard planted in 1994 located just above La Chateniere. This site catches a little more wind. “A tighter nose – higher tones but not many. More direct, fresher, you would say meagre until the favour slowly floods your palate – steely, mineral wine. So refreshing and saline finishing, but the longest finishing yet…“ October 2020

Red Wine

2019 Santenay ‘Gravieres’ rouge 1er cru $162 1 available

2019 is the third vintage from 50 year-old vines, PY does all the vineyard work and this is vinified with 30% whole bunches.