“Classy and Refined”: Exquisite 94-point Grand Cru Chablis

The 2019 Valmur from Collet is intense and muscular

The wines of Chablis are known for their limited oak, piercing minerality, and crystalline elegance. Our favorites are often mid-range bottles that combine everyday pricing and with great energy and beautiful precision.

But high-end Chablis can be extraordinary. Cuvées from Chablis’s seven famous Grand Crus show a depth and power that’s remarkable for a white wine. The Domaine Jean Collet makes superb everyday village and premier cru cuvées, but their Grand Cru, with a higher pricetag and shorter supply, is worth every penny.

Collet’s 2019 Grand Cru Valmur is huge and intense, the product of impressive terroir in a concentrated vintage. Romain has expertly balanced Chablis’s signature minerality with a richness that calls to mind Corton-Charlemagne or Montrachet. Vinous and Jasper Morris awarded between 91 and 94 points, finding it “classy and refined,” with a “muscular character” and “the substance to age.

This is exceptionally powerful white wine. The nose shows gardenia, green tea, and baked lemon flavors, with a bright chalky stoniness that enhances the fruit. The mouth is simply packed with flavor — it’s bold and rich, but vibrant in texture. A grand wine for a grand occasion.


Collet Chablis Grand Cru “Valmur ” 2019
bottle price: $68

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