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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.
|Winemaker:||Gilles & Romain Collet|
|Vineyard:||30 years, 9.6 ha|
|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)|
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.
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