2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru "Chatenière"

SKU #1241326 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 ***Top Value*** Once again relatively strong reduction pushes the underlying fruit to the background. There is however plenty of verve, concentration and intensity to the overtly citrus-inflected middle weight flavors along with ample minerality that also serves to add a sense of lift to the firm, complex, balanced and impressively persistent finale. This lovely effort will require a few years of cellar time as it's presently notably tight.  (6/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Chatenière has a more reserved and laconic bouquet compared to Pierre-Yves's other 2014 Saint Aubins, more backward and requiring more cellar time. The palate is fresh and crisp, quite precise with nectarine and lemon peel notes, peach following later with a light brush of honey. This is a punter-friendly Saint Aubin and I don't intend that in a bad way - just a wine that is delicious to its core. I visited Pierre-Yves Colin after Nicolas Rossignol. Whilst the latter is about to make lock, stock and François Frère into a new facility, Pierre-Yves has just done it. In August 2015 to be exact, moving his 2014s barrel by barrel, leaving them for one month before racking. His brand new winery sits opposite the small but growing cluster of growers on the industrial estate outside Chassagne, joining Philippe Colin, Michel Niellon and Jean-Marc Pillot. What attracts them? Simple...space. Pierre-Yves told me how in the village of Chassagne he would have to transfer the wines between different cellars and was doing the press almost in his garden to the chagrin of his neighbors when he started at six in the morning. (NM)  (12/2015)

90-91 points Vinous

 (these vines are located just below Champlots): Bright, pale yellow. Precise and pungent on the nose, offering scents of lemon curd, smoke and mint along with a sexy note of reduction. Sweet, fine-grained and gentle yet also bright and juicy, despite being made from vines in a warm spot that's protected from wind. Nicely deep and long. Colin-Morey told me he ages about 90% of his Saint-Aubin wines in 350-liter barrels, between 33% and 40% of them new. (ST)  (9/2015)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.1