Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Saint-Aubin 1er cru La Chateniere 2007, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Talk about a double-barrelled title!

I brought this back from Burgundy a couple of years ago and the trusty premier cru project spreadsheet informs me that I got it from the fabulous Mon Millesime for 26 euros. It then went to G's cellar in Rutland to be put out of the way for a while. We decided it was time to give it a whirl a few nights ago. It was in a big heavy bottle which seems to be one of these newfangled things that are made of special UV-resistant glass. It also had a wax seal, usually a good sign.

It was a lovely light gold colour and fresh and lemony on the nose = code for being too cold, as it was just out of the fridge. The palate had good body and elements of honeysuckle, elderflower and lemon sorbet. All in all, it was very precise and delightful and ranked 9/10.

I did some homework afterwards to find out more about M. Colin-Morey and see that Jancis has written him up in the past. He makes wines right up to the top level, so this seems to be confirmation of the rule that the lower wines of good producers can be excellent value.

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