2019 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru Cote de Beaune, France
"Pierre-Yves Colin described the 2018 growing season as "one where we were basically nervous from the beginning because we started so early. This of course means that the risk of a late spring frost is always present, such as what occurred in 2016 and narrowly missed another in 2017. We had a scare in 2018 in late April as well but thankfully it too was avoided. After that the season was relatively tranquil even though it was definitely hot and dry. We chose to pick from the 27th of August to the 6th of September. The fruit was both clean and ripe and I was surprised by the level of juice we obtained as I didn't expect it to be quite so generous. The pressing was the key challenge with the chardonnay as it was a fine line to walk between pressing hard enough to obtain sufficient dry extract to give the wines body and richness but not so hard as to extract too much potassium that lowers the acid levels. In the end I decided that pressing gently but over a 3 to 4-hour press cycle was the best strategy. Potential alcohols were very good but not really high as our vineyards in the Côte came in between 12.5 and 13.4% while those in the Hautes Côte were in the 12 to 12.5% range. As to the wines, they're rich but vibrant with good balance and dry extract levels. Stylistically, they make me think of my 2011s." For those wines already in bottle, Colin noted that they were put there in December 2019 while the rest will be bottled between April and July 2020. He is continuing to cap each bottle with wax as an aid in fighting potential premature oxidation issues."
Rated 96 Points, Decanter
"From grapes purchased from a parcel located at the top of the hill in Les Languettes. The PYCM team does most of the work in the vineyard and the results are lovely, with fairly forward aromas of ripe pear and floral notes. The texture is lively despite a pretty significant amount of extract, and the wine never loses its crisp, dynamic edge. This is due in part to the lees work, since the wine was not racked during the elevage."
Rated 95 Points Jasper Morris
"From Les Languettes, still in barrel, neither racked nor sulphured. A light yellow-green in colour. Warm, but not too ripe fruit, from a cooler site here. This is more of a sensual than a stony Corton-but I do like the persistence of flavour at the finish.
Barrel Sample: 92-95"
Rated 95 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Pierre-Yves Colin explained that he has lost his source in Pernand-Vergelesses, so his cuvée of 2019 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is derived entirely from climat Les Languettes in the commune of Aloxe-Corton—and is consequently two-thirds smaller than usual, as well as a touch more dramatic in personality. Offering up aromas of clear honey, citrus oil, fresh peach, pear and warm bread, it's full-bodied, layered and textural, with a deep, multidimensional core, lively acids and a long, expansive finish.
Barrel Sample: 93-95"