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)|
Domaine Costal is a unique collaboration between the well-known Chablis producer Domaine Jean Collet and Kermit Lynch. The project began with a simple barrel tasting with Kermit and led to the first of now two cuvées, a custom label, and custom vinification and bottling process exclusively for the American market. The vines are worked organically and Kermit and the Collet family together agree on a blend of stainless steel, foudre, and barrel vinifications. The skill of the Collets and their excellent terroirs combine to give us wines of extraordinary purity and finesse. There is no mistaking it—one taste and you are in Chablis territory: zesty minerality, wet stone, freshness and nervosity.
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
Inspiring Thirst, page 312