2015 Premier Cru White Burgundy: A Triumph of Balance and Richness. $32

Opportunity.  Chablis remains one of the best bargains in the wine world. Forever playing second fiddle to the rest of Burgundy, the brand suffered damage from the jug-wine “California Chablis,” and has yet to recover fully. The wines themselves, however, have never been better.

Today we’re offering one of our favorites from Chablis — the premier cru Montée de Tonnerre. Considered one of the three finest premier crus in Chablis, Montée de Tonnerre produces dense, elegant wines year after year. Our source for this vineyard is the young winemaker Romain Collet, who has turned in an exceptional effort with the 2015 vintage.

Balance.  Record high temperatures in 2015 made ripening easy but harvest timing tricky. The Collet family was careful to pick early, retaining acidity in the fruit, and ensuring balance in the final product. The 2015 Montée de Tonnerre is a triumph — beautiful, long, rich mouthfeel, attractive ripe fruits, and a crisp lively acidity and minerality to maintain freshness.

Collet has expertly translated the rocky terroir of Chablis into this wine — the firm mineral core makes this wine vibrant and very intense. But thanks to 2015’s heat there’s a fleshiness reminiscent of Chassagne and Meursault. And while most village wines from those towns start north of $60, the “Chablis discount” brings this down close to half.

Look for notes of honey, lime rind, and salt air in the nose; the mouth shows intense, concentrated fruit, with notes of almond, pineapple, and herbs. Normally we suggest Chablis for a refreshing summertime white — but this is rich and elegant enough to enjoy while winter weather remains.


COLLET Chablis 1er cru “Montée de Tonnerre” 2015
Ansonia Retail: $38
case, half-case : $32/bot




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