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Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018

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Variety: Chardonnay
Country, Region: France, Burgundy
Appellation: Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Consistently one of the best wines here. This year 2-3rds from Pernand the rest from Aloxe with 4 x 350 litre barrels and 1 x 228 litre in total. Intense yet fine. Great acidity this year. Brilliant.

'(the proportions have changed again and in 2018 are in a 35/65% proportion from Les Languettes in Aloxe and En Charlemagne in Pernand). A restrained, ultra-fresh and distinctly floral nose reflects notes of various white orchard fruit aromas, lemon zest and discreet wood toast. There is outstanding volume to the rich and succulent broad-shouldered flavors that possess focused power on the beautifully long and sappy mineral-infused finish that is shaped by citrus-tinged acidity. This isn’t quite as structured as the Chevalier, but it too is promising. Drink 2028+.' (91-94) points, Burghound, June 2020.

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 corks used come from one tiny supplier and are extra long and extra wide (55mm x 25mm) for the village, 1er cru and Grand cru wines and are untreated with no paraffin and the bottles are then sealed with soft wax to ensure no problems with premox. The resulting wines are built to age classically up to 10 years or more.

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