Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru "La Chateniere" 2021 (Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France) - [DM 94] [VM 92-94] [JM 90-92] [BH 90-92] [WA 90-92]

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru "La Chateniere" 2021
(Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France) - [DM 94] [VM 92-94] [JM 90-92] [BH 90-92] [WA 90-92]


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About the Winemaker:
The young Pierre-Yves Colin is rapidly becoming one of most highly regarded winemakers in Burgundy. He has been making the wine at Marc Colin, the family Domaine, for over 10 years. He went to enology school in Beaune and worked at Chalk Hill as well as wineries in the Northern Rhone, Languedoc and Loire before returning to Burgundy. He and his wife Caroline, Jean-Marc Morey's daughter, founded their own negociant firm and made 150 cases total from five appellations in the debut 2001 vintage.

The approach in both the vineyard and the winery is natural and non-interventionist. At Domaine Marc Colin he eliminated the use of herbicides in most of the vineyards and switched to plowing, which deepens the root system and improves the flavors of the wine. He follows the same program at his estate vineyards. Approximately 60% of the total production now comes from the estate vineyards in Chassagne and Saint Aubin. They bought a new press in 2006 and Pierre-Yves now harvests most of the purchased fruit with his own team. Production of the 1er and Grand Crus is still miniscule - only 2 or 3 barrel s from each vineyard.

The juice is pressed into barrel before primary fermentation and then Pierre-Yves leaves them alone as much as possible. Fermentation is always initiated by natural yeast and he does not stir the lees, rack the barrels or even filter the wines.

Pierre-Yves also prefers unusual barrels - about 80% of them are 50% larger than normal Burgundy barrels. Depending on the vintage, most of the top wines are aged in new oak, but the larger barrels minimize the oak influence and also delay the malolactic fermentation. The cellar is also kept very cold to further delay the malolactic fermentation which ideally finishes 8-9 months after harvest. Approximately 18 months after harvest the wines are lightly fined and then bottled. The extended elevage helps preserve aromatic intensity and purity as well as giving the wines the right balance for long-term aging.

This wine comes from a sheltered south facing vineyard planted in 1970 and 1995 this is often the richest of the St Aubin wines of this domaine. Always extremely limited.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Decanter Magazine:
“Aromas of ripe apple, hazelnut, and butter grace the initial attack of this lovely wine from the south-facing lieu-dit of La Chatenière. The texture is more substantial than nearby Champlots, and the grapes have marvelous maturity. The site is a bit further down the slope than the former and is sheltered from the wind. Colin presses the grapes gently and runs the must into cask without settling to craft this delicious wine that easily recalls his more famous appellations.” – Charles Curtis MW (Oct 2022)

92-94 Points - Vinous Media:
“The 2021 Saint-Aubin Les Chateniere 1er Cru, whose malo finished earlier than others back in July, is exceedingly complex on the nose with mineral-rich malic scents, intense and beautifully defined, very Puligny-inspired. The palate is well-balanced with a powerful opening, impressive depth and tension, superb mineralité and a bright, again, Puligny-like finish. Superb.”– Neal Martin (Jan 2023)

90-92 Points - Jasper Morris' Inside Burgundy:
“A little more yellow in the colour with a fatter creamy style of bouquet, good flesh on the palate then a ripe lemon finish with good but not excessive acidity. Complex and potentially delicious. Drink from 2025-2028.” (Oct 2022)

90-92 Points - BurgHound:
“Here too there is enough reduction to render the nose difficult to assess. Otherwise, there is excellent punch and minerality to the beautifully textured medium weight flavors that conclude in a precise, stony and wonderfully refreshing finish. This balanced effort is quite dry but not really austere and a wine that should repay 5 to 8 years of keeping.” (Jun 2023)

90-92 Points - Wine Advocate:
“Offering up aromas of crisp Anjou pear, lemon oil, toasted nuts, iodine and white flowers, the 2021 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru La Chatenière is medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with good tension, depth and persistence. It's another cuvée that shows very well this year.” - William Kelley (Jan 2023)