2013PYCMSantenayVV2013 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Santenay Rouge, Ceps Centenaires, Vieilles Vignes, Red Burgundy, France.
It was a great pleasure to meet and taste with Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey here in San Francisco just after buying and reviewing his early release of 2013 Saint-Aubin Le Banc, and while he is known for his whites, all which were outstanding in this and the last 4 or 5 vintages, not many get a chance to sample is reds, like this old vine Santenay. The 2013 Cep Centenaries comes from a tiny plot, from as the name suggests, 100 year old vines and is made in a way that is in honor of Madame Bize-Leroy, I learned, Colin-Morey de-stems by hand using scissors, leaving a bit of stem attached to each grape to promote freshness and add aromatics, complexity and tannin. This works very here, this wine a barrel sample, is ripe, focused and full of charm and character with rich detail and vigor, it shows subdued floral tones, bright red fruits and mineral notes, but fills out with air. There is layers of red cherry, tart cranberry, raspberry, plum and hints of strawberry fruits along with tea and Asian spices, cedar, baking spice and stony/chalky mineral highlights. This is a Santenay that feels like a Beaune Premier Cru, and while the price is yet to be decided, I would imagine in comes in around $50 US retail and will be considered a tasty value, though there won’t be much of it. This clear and well crafted and seductive red Burgundy will be a wonderful catch and I would guess at a good mid term future, drink from 2017 to 2022.
($TBD-Barrel Sample) 92-94 Points, grapelive

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