Chablis et Environs
by Chris Santini
The last few years, the Lavantureux brothers have been indulging us with some of the most majestic and decadent Chablis I’ve ever come across. Here, however, is a casual, playful side of Lavantureux (I picture it being akin to a Michelin-starred pastry chef making simple yet perfect chocolate chip cookies on their day off). This light, bright, citrus-infused, tank-raised Petit Chablis is an ideal sipper for spring and sun.
Henri Costal, a vigneron from Chablis, gifted the Collets—another family of vignerons in Chablis—their first-ever parcel of Vaillons when Henri’s daughter married a Collet son in 1952. Several decades later, Henri’s great-grandson from that same union, Romain Collet, resurrected Henri’s long-defunct label, as seen on this bottle, in homage. It’s a timeless label for an old soul of a wine. This creamy, smooth, utterly drinkable, delicious Chablis is for all generations to enjoy.
Historically, when the exclusively white-wine-producing vignerons of Chablis needed some rouge for their glass, they would conveniently turn to Irancy, the exclusively red-wine-producing region just a few kilometers south. Irancy did its job well; it is known for Pinot Noir with floral, fruity aromatics and slight tannic grip, as some of you may have noticed in our previous releases from Benoît Cantin. This micro-cuvée takes it a step beyond. Emeline is sourced from the domaine’s favorite bits of their favorite parcels and then long-aged in barrel for a deeper, darker Irancy. Until now, Cantin has sold this wine exclusively to their local clients who purchase at the cellar door. We’ve managed to get a whopping eight cases for the entire USA! Get it if you can.