Exquisite 92-point Premier Cru Chablis: Oyster Shells and Pears

We’re really excited about the 2018 Chablis lineup from Jean Collet in the May Futures. From their simple Vieilles Vignes to the magnificent Grand Cru Les Clos, Romain Collet handled the warm vintage with expert control, finding perfect balance and freshness in every cuvée.

While we wait for those to arrive, however, we’re enjoying the 2017s in stock now. And none is more enjoyable than the Chablis 1er cru “Montmains.” Drawn from 45 year old vines in a Kimmeridgian limestone-filled vineyard, Romain uses no new oak for this cuvée: it’s Chablis at its most pure and brilliant.

Chablis is the ultimate food wine — dry, crisp, vibrant, and refreshing. With everyone cooking at home more than usual these days, this is as versatile as food-paring wines come. Jasper Morris MW writes that Romain Collet “has made great strides,” and his domaine “is moving towards joining the pantheon” in Chablis.

Collet’s 2017 Chablis 1er Montmains is electric. The nose is bright and bursting with pear, stones, sea spray, lemon peel, and honey. The mouth is dry and chiseled, filled with exquisite tension and notes of green apple, chalk and oyster shells. Wine Advocate’s reviewer William Kelley awarded 92 points, and called it “a high point in the [Collet premier cru] range.”

We drink this with lots of food, but a particular favorite chez nous is Chicken Schnitzel. Use panko crumbs; after browning pour off most of the oil and deglaze with wine and finish with a cream reduction. The Chablis cuts like a knife through the sauce: a dynamic and delightful pair.


Collet Chablis 1er “Montmains” 2017
bottle price: $36

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