Domaine Costal, 1er Cru Vaillons 2017Regular price $55.00 Save $-55.00
Chablis is such a unique area for vineyard growth. The soils have the same geological structure as the white cliffs of Southern England. The region is, technically, part of Burgundy, but is not part of the Côte d’Or. Chablis stands by itself to the northwest of the main hill of all the famous wines. Chablis is colder and damper. On the palate, the wines of the Côte d’Or and Chablis have very little in common, except that they are both produced from Chardonnay and, if made properly, can both be incredible, age-worthy, structured wines. The Domaine Costal Chablis is a unique collaboration that stems from a long relationship with Bernard Raveneau, the master of Chablis, and famous wine importer Kermit Lynch. In addition to his busy full-time job at his namesake Domaine, Bernard manages to find the time to take on a few consulting projects in and around Chablis. Vaillon’s is a Premier Cru vineyard site—13 acres of 30-year-old Chardonnay vines planted in pure Kimmeridgian limestone. During the winemaking process, only indigenous yeast is used, and only a few different sizes of barrels. The end result is a textured and mineral-driven Chablis with incredible freshness. Only a few hundred cases are produced.
Vaillons is a Premier Cru designation coming from 30 year old vines. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation and then ages in large and small used barrels, and stainless steel tank. As is tradition for Chablis, regional and village Chablis do not age in any oak, though with the Premier Cru and Grand Cru levels, some new oak is used in a combination with used oak.