Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin Le Banc 2016

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Pierre-Yves founded his domaine with family vineyards in 2006, after having spent about a decade as winemaker at his family’s domaine “Marc Colin”.  In the mere decade since founding his own operation, Pierre-Yves Colin became a super-star of white Cote d’Or. He built his renown on ethereal, finessed, mineral-driven Chardonnays that reach the upper-echelon of expressiveness. He has some of his own vineyards in Chassagne and also acts as a micro-negocient. He does not differentiate the source explicitly on his labels, but the same care is put into all.

Each wine I have had from Colin-Morey meets ‘greatness’ threshold. These are wines that see no filtration and no battonage, and aging in a very cold (7 degrees C) cellar. These days, the Colin-Morey wines are unicorns, attainable only via an allocation with a top retailer or at auction.

The Le Banc vineyard in the village of Saint-Aubin was planted in 1995 – putting its vine age in the prime zone for expressive Chardonnay. Pierre-Yves’ version far exceeds the village’s reputation and in fact is a better wine than a great many Puligny- and Chassagne-Montrachets. It was easily among the top 10 white Burgundies I have had this year.

There is only one appropriate reaction if you spot this producer’s wines on a wine list.

$180 on the wine list at Grey Gardens, Toronto


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