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Domaine Jean Collet 'Valmur' Grand Cru Chablis, Burgundy 2020

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Domaine Jean Collet 2020 'Valmur' Grand 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: Organic Certified

Variety: 100% Chardonnay, planted 1972

TerroirKimmeridgian limestone marl bedrock with topsoil of hard Portlandian limestone scree, marl and marne (calcium-rich clay derived from decomposed limestone)

Vinification: Hand harvested and fermented spontaneously in 228-liter French barrels (2 & 3 years old, none new). The first sulfite addition is made before fermentation at the pressing. Malolactic is completed

Aging: Fourteen months in 228-liter French oak barrel (2 & 3 years old, none new). Racked to stainless steel two months before bottling. The wine is fined and lightly filtered.