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Burgundy 2020 En Primeur: Domaine Jean Collet & Fils, Chablis

For us, Collet's wines have the kind of weightlessness and mineral intensity which we love about classic Chablis and which has been hard to come by in recent years.  The domaine has 40 hectares with old vines planted as far back as 1932, producing low yields of concentrated fruit.  Unusually, Romain vinifies each premier and grand cru parcel in a different way, according to its terroir (for example, 1er Cru 'Les Forêts' is fermented in 90% inert concrete eggs, while the 'Vaillons' sees two-thirds oak).  The wines are united by moderate alcohols (mostly 12.5%, a figure we have not seen for some time!), tension and minerality which lingers enticingly on the palate.  2020 was in some regards even warmer in Chablis than on the Côte d'Or, but (critically) there was more rainfall in August, re-hydrating the grapes and avoiding over-concentration.

Having spent recent weeks offering wines from the most famous Côte d'Or appellations, Collet's Chablis prices seem crazily good value...premier cru burgundy at £120 per six, grand cru at £245!  These are also wines which we would be confident to age, in fact, the fine mineral character demands 2-5 years (depending on level) to really develop and show its complexity.  Quantities on all wines are limited, including the village Chablis (hence we must limit orders of this to one dozen bottles per customer), so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to order

Offered en primeur, landing Autumn 2022.

Domaine Jean Collet et Fils

Producer Profile

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 Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis 75cl £135 per case of 12 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis
2020 / / 75cl
£135 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 Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Les Forets 1er cru 75cl £140 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Les Forets 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£140 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"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 Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Montée de Tonnere 1er cru 75cl £130 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Montée de Tonnere 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£130 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesA 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, Inside Burgundy
WHITE 2020 Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Vaillons 1er cru 75cl £120 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Vaillons 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£120 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, Inside Burgundy

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