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2015 Chablis “Les Truffières”

Domaine Costal

2015 Chablis “Les Truffières” Domaine Costal - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The town of Chablis is located about halfway between Paris and the Burgundian wine capital of Beaune. It is surrounded by a sea of vines planted on a contoured ancient seabed of white, marine fossil–encrusted limestone. This incredible terroir gives the Chardonnay grown in Chablis its trademark flavor, as if it had been filtered over fossilized crustaceans. In the Chablis we import, we look for this typical character above all else, and this bottling from Costal is no exception. The fossils are dressed up with plenty of ripe fruit—vintage 2015 brought a bit of extra weight to the mid-palate—but it remains plenty crisp.

Dixon Brooke

$30.00
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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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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