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Jean Collet & Fils – 2013

DSC05838Tasted in Chablis with Romain Collet, 6th January 2015.

Domaine Jean Collet & Fils
15 avenue de la Liberté
89800 Chablis
Tel: +33 3 86 42 11 93+33 3 86 42 11 93
www.domaine-collet.fr

A smallish harvest but much better than 2012: 47 hl/ha because they harvested a few days earlier than many. Began on the 25th of September with (Petit Chablis) grapes for cremant and on the 26th they attacked a little 1er cru “but the harvest still took 10 days – quite a lot of botrytis was missed by starting early, and it kept a good energy in the wines” notes Romain.

“These are wines that are less for keeping than the 2012s but will offer a lot more accessibility and be more gourmand than the 12s in the medium-term.”

The wines…

2013 Chablis
Bottled in early August
A faint bottle funk that slowly clears from the glass, becoming quite perfumed. Fresh but clearly sweetly fruited and with fine acidity – really intense but still edged with sweetness in the finish. Super!

2013 Chablis Les Truffières
Culture bio 1.26 hectares and about 900 bottles.
A very faint gas on the tongue, but clearly more direct and intense though with less width of flavour. This is really, again, slightly perfumed and very pretty wine.

2013 Chablis 1er Montmains
Always 100% in tanks.
A little more aromatic depth and ripeness but retaining its freshness. Again almost a fizz on the tongue – really lovely intensity here edged in sweet fruit. (‘About 900 mg of gas just a little more than normal to keep more freshness.’)

2013 Chablis 1er Le Foret
Will be bottled at the end of the month – tasted from tank – vines bought in 2006 and replanted after harvest. The next harvest was 2012 but was very small so added to Montmains. Fermented in a tank the shape of an egg.
A softer nose, rounder yet still with freshness and a little modesty. Quite large in the mouth and with really lovely intensity of still round flavour. Big and long in the finish. Less energetic but a beauty…

2013 Chablis 1er Butteaux
A parcel that’s a little higher with more clay – also in tank.
More intense but with ripe and fine aromas. Fills the mouth and there’s lots of width and energy too. This is very super – like a Foret with more energy. Lovely!

2013 Chablis 1er Vaillons
Fermented in tank but some is then elevaged in oak before assembling.
A deep nose, edged with a little vanilla, that was bottled in August. Lots of fine minerality here, faint gas too, but very modest here. Lovely complexity and fine freshness. Again very fine. Yum!

2013 Chablis 1er Le Sécher
Still in tank, to be bottled very soon. Just a little more oak here – 30% new…
A wide and pretty nose with a sweet oak component. In the mouth there’s plenty of gas but also a big round and fresh form with a very fine finishing intensity and length. Quite a lot of oak but it is delicious…

2013 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
Elevage and fermentation in 600 litre demi-muids. In bottle for just a few weeks.
Wide aromas, not so deep but with an appealing, herby, aspect. Only an accent of wood. Seemingly more mineral and with really good weight of flavour in the middle. Slowly lingering flavour with a faint sweetness.

2013 Chablis Le Montée de Tonnerre
All elevage in normal burgundy barrels, but only 5% new.
Tight nose but there are some pretty higher-toned references. Delicious fresh, faintly sweet, and with mouth-watering acidity and a little extra minerality – this is really super – it finishes really excellently too…

2013 Chablis Le Clos
Only 0.16 ha normally 3 piece and 1 feuillette. Still in barrel.
This begins rather tight but there is real grand cru depth and interest here – super depth in-fact, that almost has texture too. Big, some fat, but super intensity and a finishing weight that can only be grand cru. This will be fine.

2013 Chablis Valmur
Also still in barrel.
The nose is less formed here – some faint reductive toast. A bit too much gas today too, but slowly it slowly becomes richer and silkier. Quite muscular flavor too, despite the fine texture – lots of weight here too. Excellent probably! Really fine finishing too!

These last two will probably to be bottled in March or April.

Just a few 12s…

2012 Chablis 1er Vaillons
Quite floral and quite ripe too. Quite big and concentrated, punchy, characterful wine. Very good indeed!

2012 Chablis Valmur
A fine, partly oaked nose, that majors on sweet wood. Round, plenty of density but carried easily on the tongue. Lovely depth and flavour. Yum! Also a super finish.

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