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2015 Chablis “Les Truffières”

Domaine Costal

2015 Chablis “Les Truffières” Domaine Costal - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Costal represents a project by the Collet family of Domaine Jean Collet in Chablis. Bernard Raveneau, a highly esteemed local vigneron, turned Kermit on to Collet’s wines many years ago, and the Costal label was born out of an agreement to create a special cuvée destined specifically for our clients. This bottling showcases the lieu-dit Les Truffières, a site that consistently produces Chardonnays balancing ripe, luscious fruit with the nerve and briny minerality so characteristic of fine Chablis. The wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel and 600-liter demi-muids, and it goes into bottle completely unadulterated: without cold stabilization, fining, or filtration. These traditional methods ensure the wine is manipulated as little as possible in the cellar, yielding wines of great elegance year after year. At table, this Chablis is quite versatile, but cracked Dungeness crab is a hard pairing to beat.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Costal
Winemaker: Gilles & Romain Collet
Vineyard: 20 years, 1.26 ha
Soil: Limestone
Aging: After being raised in stainless steel for 10 months, wine spends 3 months in demi-muid barrels (600-L)
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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