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2015 Chablis 1er Cru “Vaillons”

Domaine Costal

2015 Chablis <i>1er Cru</i> “Vaillons” Domaine Costal - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
We have long revered the Vaillons premier cru here at KLWM thanks to the long-lived, old-vine bottling from Domaine François Raveneau. Most well-made Chablis could be called racy, but Vaillons takes the precise, linear style of traditional Chablis to a whole new level. You could call it the Puligny-Montrachet of Chablis. In the hands of the talented young Romain Collet, Vaillons reaches its full potential in this bottling done specially for KLWM. Romain vinifies the wine with wild yeasts and raises it in a combination of large foudres and stainless steel tanks. The Kimmeridgean seashell deposits make their presence greatly felt on the long, chiseled, bracingly fresh finish. Drinking well now, this is also a worthy candidate for your cellar.

Dixon Brooke

$40.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Costal
Winemaker: Gilles & Romain Collet
Vineyard: 30 years, 9.6 ha
Soil: Kimmeridgian Limestone
Aging: After racking, wine goes through malolactic fermentation in 1/3 stainless tank, 1/3 neutral barrel (228 L), and 1/3 used demi-muid barrel (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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