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2020 Chablis from Domaine Jean Collet & Fils

On our way back from the Côte d'Or last week we managed to find time to call in to see Domaine Collet in Chablis.  Having sold out of our initial allocation of the 2020s, we are delighted to have secured further stocks, available from bond for delivery in January.

Romain Collet is a charming chap and exudes the confidence of someone whose family have been in Chablis since 1792.  Since taking the helm of the family business, 35 year-old Romain has rapidly made his way into the top-tier of winemakers in the region.  Unusually, he vinifies each premier and grand cru parcel in a different way, according to its terroir, an approach inspired by his grandfather. 

The 1er Cru 'Les Forêts' is fermented in 90% inert concrete eggs and is precise, with intense minerality on the finish.  The 'Montée de Tonnerre' is fermented in older wood and has excellent breadth and power.  The 'Vaillons' sees two-thirds oak and combines elements from each of the other two wines, making for a very complete premier cru Chablis which combines finesse and power. 

Despite their differences, Romain's wines all have a distinct style which sums up classic Chablis; finely balanced minerality, ripeness of fruit, tension and concentration.  These attributes have been difficult to come by in recent years, so it was a delight to find that, despite the severe reductions in harvest due to frosts in recent vintages, the domaine has wine to sell! 

The wines are clearly in great demand in France and other export markets, but have not been widely available in the UK in recent years, so they feel like a new discovery for us, despite being so well-established. It would be hard to propose any finer examples of white burgundy at this price, so please don't miss them, as there will be very little to offer from the 2021 vintage.

New to our list for this offer is Romain's Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV, made from fruit from his Petit Chablis vineyards.  This was a joy to taste and at under £19 per bottle with all taxes, it offers a great value but still very classy alternative to champagne, so we suggest adding a few cases to your order!

Offered in bond, available January 2023.

 
 
Domaine Jean Collet et Fils

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Domaine Jean Collet et Fils

The Collet family have quietly been producing Chablis since 1792, but in the last few years, the family domaine has begun to gain attention, under Romain Collet, who is rapidly making his way into the top-tier of winemakers in the region.  Domaine Jean Collet & Fils has not been widely imported into the UK, so we were delighted to have obtained allocations from the 2020 vintage.

 

WHITE 2020 4 cases Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis 75cl £140 per case of 12 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis
2020 / 4 cases / 75cl
£140 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"This is a representative blend over 15 hectares, largely from Valvent, Pargues and Fleys. Clear pale lemon colour. Not much nose as yet, juicy fruit style. But the minerals come out on the palate along with a little lemon juice. Certainly makes one salivate. Medium to long finish. Tasted: June 2021. 89-91 points." Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
WHITE 2020 2 cases Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Les Forets 1er cru 75cl £140 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Les Forets 1er cru
2020 / 2 cases / 75cl
£140 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Open and charming, the 2020 Chablis 1er Cru Les Forêts is another organically farmed cuvée, matured in concrete eggs and barrels. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and precise, it's evocative of citrus zest, crisp nectarine, white flowers and struck match. Drink 2021-2035. 91 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"Made in cement eggs, plus 10% barrel. Fine mid lemon yellow. A particularly classy nose, with a certain depth of fruit lemon scented, very elegant yet with intensity and persistence. Perhaps the best aftertaste to date in this cellar. Tasted: June 2021. 92-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 4 cases Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er cru 75cl £140 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er cru
2020 / 4 cases / 75cl
£140 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"A blend of Chapelots and the central triangle of Montée de Tonnerre. Some coconut here, some rich ripe bacon with yellow fruit too. One of the more powerful wines, all vinified in wood (though quite harmonious) then racked after malolactic, with the part in newer wood going into tank and the older wood to newer barrels. Tasted: June 2021 90-93 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"Notes of citrus zest, fresh bread, beeswax, dried white flowers and oyster shell preface the 2020 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre, a medium to full-bodied, satiny wine that's bright and concentrated, with racy acids and a long, penetrating finish. Drink 2025-2035. 93 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
WHITE 2020 4 cases Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Vaillons 1er cru 75cl £130 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Vaillons 1er cru
2020 / 4 cases / 75cl
£130 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"A Vaillons blend covering Epinottes, Chatains, Sur les Vaillons, Minots and Roncières. This is partially vinified in young wood then aged for one third each in barrel, foudre and stainless steel after the malolactic. Pale lemon colour. A hint of the vegetal. Clean clear and fresh on the palate, with a fair weight of flesh through the middle. Persistent again. Tasted: June 2021. 89-92 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"From a 9.5-hectare, organically farmed parcel, the 2020 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is another of Collet's larger cuvées. Exhibiting aromas of orange oil, freshly baked bread, beeswax and dried white flowers, it's a medium to full-bodied, satiny and precise white that's matured almost entirely in foudre. Drink 2021-2035. 92 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
WHITE 2020 1 case Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Valmur grand cru 75cl £245 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Valmur grand cru
2020 / 1 case / 75cl
£245 per case of 6
IB

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