This Village Chablis comes from vineyards scattered around the town itself, including sites in Chablis and Préhy, with an average age of 25 years. Today, the family vineyards extend over 37 hectares, with holdings from the Petit Chablis area up to Grand Crus Valmur and Les Clos.
One of the iconic viticultural areas in France, Chablis lies on the southern flank of the Paris Basin, on chalky limestone deposits that are also found in Southern England (and a few vineyards of our own!).
The Chardonnay grapes are gently pressed and fermented solely in stainless steel tanks then aged on lees for 9 months.
Drink now and over the next 3 years.
Founded in 1792, The Collet family grew and sold grapes for generations, but did not make their own wine. This all changed in the middle of the 20th Century. The Domaine is named after Jean, who started to work a meagre holding of 61 acres of vines in 1952. His first Domaine release was the 1954 vintage.
In 1979, Jean was joined by his son, Gilles assisted by his wife Dominique. It’s the same couple who run the Domaine today, along with the next generation, Romain who joined his father in 2008. Since 1999, an experimental parcel of organic Chablis has been maintained, Collet being one of the first in the region to follow the concept of sustainable viticulture. There is now a total of 10 hectares under conversion, with the prospect of being fully certified for the 2015 vintage.
Absolutely made for any classic shellfish dish, also lovely with sushi.
In the press
Stephen Tanzer: 87-88 points