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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.
|Winemaker:||Gilles & Romain Collet|
|Vineyard:||20 years, 1.26 ha|
|Aging:||After being raised in stainless steel for 10 months, wine spends 3 months in demi-muid barrels (600-L)|
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