Wine Geek Recommended
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This wine comes from a tiny, young, (2.2 hectares, 10 years old) south-facing vineyard in Gamay, overlooking St. Aubin itself. It's very well-placed for the afternoon sun, though slightly shaded first thing in the morning, and produces wines with an open, fruit based accessibility.
Pierre Yves Colin was the winemaker for his father's Domaine Marc Colin until 2005. He began his own domaine -- first as a micro-négociant operation, focusing on tiny quantities of the finest grapes that he could buy. Now he has grown his domaine, with the help of family holdings, to 70% plots that he owns and 30% grapes he purchases. His holdings are mostly in Chassagne-Montrachet (where the domaine is located) but he also produces multiple bottlings of Meursault, St. Aubin, and Puligny-Montrachet.
Pierre-Yves has rapidly become a star in Cote de Beaune and is now considered one of the pre-eminent young producers of White Burgundy. His choice to use larger demi-muid barrels and eschew the use of battonnage, makes each one of his bottlings a clear expression of its terroir and a study in mineral-driven Chardonnay. With each vintage Pierre-Yves continues to prove his enormous talent and we look forward to drinking his wines for years to come!
The great wines of Burgundy are uniquely complex, compelling and at times memorizing. Above all they are evocative, transformative but like all creatures, temperamental and anything but dependable. Two grapes dominate this agricultural masterpiece, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Both grapes achieve their greatest elegance when planted in cooler climates, to which Burgundy is the coolest and most Northern climate of all the major regions famous for red wines. When winemakers talk about Burgundy, they generally speak of terroir, the compilation of the vineyard's soil, slope, orientation, nuance of climate, etc. This concept of terroir is what makes wines produced from grapes even in the same village or vineyard strikingly different. Burgundy is a place of legend, awe and adventure, a place that wine lovers call home.