Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2006 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Chassagne Montrachet, Les Baudines, 1er Cru

I was excited to share this wine with friends tonight. Pierre-Yves is a son of the famed wine-maker/ domaine, Marc Colin. After making wine at his father's domaine for years, he started his own small negociant label in 2001 and starting 2006 vintage, he also took over some shares of his family's vineyards.

He is still in his mid 30's but his wines are already receiving some cult status. I read that he often uses 350-litre oak barrel, instead of the traditional 288-litre. During the maturation, he doesn't do batonnage, so the wine rests on the lees for 15-18 months without stirring at all.

Since it's still a young wine, the first impression on the nose was the toasty vanilla, but after 15-20 minutes in the air, the clean citrus and mineral character stood out more. The palate was dense but very smooth and elegant. I thought this wine has the very nice potential to age.
I was wondering why his last name is Colin-Morey and wondering of his any relationship to the Morey clan. From Jancis Robinson's website, I learned that his wife is a daughter of Jean-Marc Morey. So, that makes her a niece of Bernard Morey and grand-daughter of Albert Morey!