A bottle of this 2 weeks ago in Tasmania was my first look at the new 2017s from PYCM. This wine was of particular interest as I had only recently had a bottle of the 2016 vintage which honestly blew me away for its effortless concentration and harmonious balance of ripe fruit and crystalline acidity. This, the 2017 release, is in a great spot and was I was very impressed by the integration and seamlessness of the wine at such a young age. Orchard fruit, meal and oat, long acidity and the feintest hint of oak all vie for attention yet none are placed in the spotlight. It will be a pleasure to watch this wine evolve, even over the space of a few years in the cellar. – Ches Cook, FWC.
PYCM is now widely recognised as one of the benchmark producers of white Burgundy so we can never get enough of these stunning wines to satisfy everyone. Now settled into his new underground cellar Pierre-Yves can work exactly as he wants, so he can now bottle a little later for some wines rather than rushing due to lack of space. All barrels are now 350 litre with just 30% new so even less impression of oak and greater precision and purity. 2017's here show ripeness yet restraint. As always PYCM is looking for freshness and to retain acidity. With this in view PYCM has started working with more Pernand-Vergelesses which adjoins Corton-Charlemagne. These are steep vineyards with cooler terroir - very cool and mineral wines. - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
The list of those seeking allocations of Coche white burgundies is already wildly over-subscribed but it may not be too late to secure some Colin-Morey wines. Pierre-Yves, son of Marc Colin, has very much gone his own way, adding carefully to his own vineyards with a small roster of hand-picked growers from whom he buys. His wines are as intense as he is, and he, another Côte de Beaune producer to have moved his wine showroom out of his kitchen to separate premises, seems utterly dedicated to making the wines better every year. - Jancis Robinson
Colin has elected to produce a 2017 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Cuvée Marguerite, a blend of the lieux-dits En Créot, Les Combes and Perrières that debuted after the 2016 frost. Exhibiting aromas of pear, fresh mint, white flowers and blanched almond, it's medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive, with tangy acids and a chalky finish. Rating: 90-92. – William Kelley (The Wine Advocate, 2019)
Vintage Note (The Wine Advocate, 2019):
Pierre-Yves Colin described the 2017 vintage as "pure and transparent," with the wines nicely defined by their terroirs. They are, he adds, "more charming than I imagined—less 'cold' in style." Old vines, he says, produced notably more interesting musts than younger plantings, an observation borne out along the Côte. Colin began picking early, on August 28, as usual privileging freshness; though I wonder if a successful experiment with picking his Corton-Charlemagne a little later than had been his habit suggests that the stylistic pendulum may be about to subtly swing at this address? In any case, he has produced a successful range, true to the strong house style, though showing comparatively little overt reduction when I visited after the harvest. As ever, no distinction is made on the labels between domaine and négociant wines, and Colin is increasingly taking responsibility for farming the parcels from which he purchases fruit.