Domaine Jean Collet 2019 'Montée de Tonnerre' 1er Cru Chablis, Burgundy, France
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. Montée de Tonnerre (aka 'Thunder Mountain') is easily the most famous of the Chablis Premier Crus. Kimmeridgian limestone marl bedrock with topsoil of hard Portlandian limestone scree, marl and marne (calcium-rich clay derived from decomposed limestone)
Vinification: Hand harvested, pressed and spontaneously (naturally) fermented in 2nd and 3rd year 228-liter French oak barrels (with a touch of new, at 5%). Malolactic is completed and the wine is lightly filtered and fined.
Aging: Aged in 2nd and 3rd year 228-liter French oak barrels (with a touch of new, at 5%) for eleven months, then racked into stainless steel vats and bottled after five more months.
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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