Domaine Jean Collet 2017 "Vaillons" 1er Cru Chablis, Burgundy, France [375ml half bottle]

Domaine Jean Collet 2017 "Vaillons" 1er Cru Chablis, Burgundy, France [375ml half bottle]

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Domaine Jean Collet 2017 "Vaillons" 1er Cru Chablis, Burgundy, France [375ml half bottle]

The Collet family can trace its grape growing history in Chablis all the way back to 1792. In 1954, Jean Collet began Domaine Collet, finally utilizing the family's crop to produce wines from the various terroirs at their disposal. Jean eventually passed along the torch to his son Gilles, who then passed it on to his son Romain, in 2008. Romain was only 21 when he completely took over winemaking at Domaine Collet, but by then he had already introduced new ideas to the winery, such as biodynamic farming and natural yeast fermentations. 

Romain's natural curiosity, paired with multi-generational knowledge of the family's vineyards, have helped to hone the Domaine's reputation for producing incredibly terroir-driven wines that reflect the individuality of the parcels they farm. In the cellar, the Collets specify their winemaking techniques to emphasize the strongest characteristics of each parcel; vineyards that generally produce wine with more acidity high-toned minerality (such as Vaillons) are usually left in tank, for instance, while vineyards that are more dominant in clay (like Montée de Tonnerre) will see more extensive wood contact, to match the textural weight that clay can bring Chardonnay. This attention to detail in winemaking, combined with the family's history in these older parcels, has quickly made Domaine Collet a yearly favorite for us here at DECANTsf!

Winemaker: Romain Collet

Farming: Certified Organic

Variety: 100% Chardonnay, planted in 1972

Terroir: The Collets are the biggest owners on this hill with ten hectares  divided up into fifteen different parcels. The  Premier Cru Vaillons hill has  extremely high concentration of limestone marls in the topsoil at about  70% of the soil constitution, with the rest composed of a little clay  and organic matter. The somewhat steep slopes reach higher elevations  than the hill to the south, Montmains, and its south-face brings the  advantage in even-ripening across the entire hill, making for the  separation of characteristics imparted to the grapes by each  lieu-dit strongly based on soil structure.

Vinification:  Hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in 95% in stainless  steel and 5% in wood. Temperature is controlled through fermentation in  steel but not in wood. Malolactic fermentation is completed.

Aging: Aged for fourteen months in a mixture of 1/3 in 228-liter used French  oak barrels, 1/3 in an 85hl decades old foudre and 1/3 stainless steel.

Tasting Notes: This medium bodied Chardonnay has vigorous intensity on the palate, with the electric minerality of the 'Thunder Mountain' terroir shining through. Hints of salt and flint intertwine with fresh yellow citrus, gooseberry, and bursts of green apple skins. The wine finishes with a dense texture and subtle notes of creamy almonds. 



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