Dan's Staff Pick for Fall 2020
2018 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey
Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles
We’ve been fortunate this year to have such a nice transition from summer to fall, with cool mornings and warm afternoons and no freak early September snowstorms, well, at least not yet! The great weather has me focusing on enjoying lighter red and white wine, hence my Fall staff pick, an utterly delicious Chardonnay from one of the most exciting Burgundy producers out there; Domaine Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey.
Starting his own label in 2006 after leaving his family’s domaine (and taking his share of the vineyards), Pierre-Yves has been making waves and has quickly escalated up the ranks to become not only one of the top producers in his home Village of Chassagne-Montrachet, but in all of Burgundy. Wines are made from both purchased fruit and fruit from their own vineyard holdings, with both receiving the same level of care and attention in the cellar. Wines are aged in French oak barrels (only a small amount of new oak) for upwards of 18 months with no battonage, filtering, or fining. Malolactic fermentation is also not encouraged to preserve a bright and crisp profile to the wines.
The 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles comes from a small plot that Pierre-Yves farms himself and is fresh with a strong minerality, showing similarities to Chablis but with a little more body. On the nose you’ll find zesty citrus notes mixed with light orchard fruits, wet stone, and almonds, while on the palate it is medium bodied but flexes its muscles with intense flavour and racy acidity.
Feel free to give the wine some air to open up the flavours and enjoy with seafood, baked fish, or with your Thanksgiving feast!
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