TERROIR TALK: Pierre-Yves Colin (PYCM) on the 2018 Vintage, St. Aubin, & Pernand-Vergelesses

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey: The Rock of Chassagne

The first chunk of PYCM’s 2018s have just landed!



Few people have spent more time in the appellation of St. Aubin than Pierre-Yves Colin. His childhood, family, and much of his wine career are intimately linked to this mother lode of laser textured burgundy.

The appellation of St. Aubin is distinctly unique from most of the Côte de Beaune. Rather than the generally consistent gentle south orientation of the majority of the villages, the hamlets of Gamay and St. Aubin form a bowl that tends to twist and turn with a dizzying array of slightly different expositions, altitudes, gradients, rock and soil types. Most of the vineyards are also at fairly high altitudes that range from 300-400 meters for the top parcels.


Pernand-Vergelesses is one of the most picturesque hamlets in France. It is most famous for its portion of Grand Crus – Corton and Corton-Charlemagne – as well as some remarkably textured and chiseled white premier crus and village level wines.

What Pierre-Yves is doing today is investing in serious dirt, working with a very good farmer, and taking these wines to special places. He made it clear that he believes deeply in the place and is intent on making these bottlings part of the same conversation as his high level St. Aubin, Rully, and even Chassagne. This is for now an unbeatable Chardonnay beauty for the money.