2018 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Pernand-Vergelesses “Les Belles Filles” White Burgundy, France.
All the good things you expect from Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey are layered upon layers on the tightly focused palate of his 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc Les Belles Filles with riveting detail, there’s his signature flinty, slightly reductive notes along with brisk acidity that pops the yellow fruits and mineral core, accenting the bright lemon, apple, Bosc pear and quince fruits perfectly along with hazelnut, bread dough, clove and subtle oak shading. This is racy stuff, but it opens fairly quick and expands in textural leesy charm and the nose unfold as well adding citrus blossoms, nectarine and wet stones. This wine easily compares with the more luxurious and pricey cuvées in PYCM’s collection of awesome Chardonnays and is a sleeper in this vintage’s lineup, I am absolutely thrilled with this bottle. The 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles has tons of personality and class, it is also a wine that goes great with food, especially poultry and fleshy fish dishes and or crab and lobster.

Colin-Morey follows a strict protocol and method, using all sustainable and hand tended vineyards, with mostly organic practices in the vineyards, while in the cellar he ferments and ages his wines in barrel, with the mentioned early picks, and uses indigenous yeasts and notably he prefers larger format 350L French oak casks, with his Premier Crus seeing close to 30% new, adding just the right amount of toasty accents. This beauty is wonderfully balanced and seriously good stuff, this is a Chardonnay for Chardonnay lovers, enjoy it over the next 5 to 10 years, though not many will have that kind of patience! Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is one of famous Colin clan with his father and his brothers all being great vignerons, but these days Colin-Morey is probably the most revered and along with his wife Caroline Morey of the equally famous Morey family are a true power couple in the Cote d’Or, now based in their new modern winery in Chassagne they turn out some of the most sought after wines in the Cote de Beaune. These latest releases at PYCM are impeccably made and crystalline in focus, it has never been a better time to stock up on Pierre-Yves’ wines.
($55 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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