Saturday, 21 November 2015

A Bottle Of Chablis Grand Cru - What Could The Vintage Be?

I love to buy these kind of bottles with the vintage or producer or sometimes both unknown. You usually can buy them for a song, and most of the time they turn out to be real bargains. This time it is a Grand Cru Valmur from Domaine Jean Collet.

What is the vintage then? The neck slip is missing but when I remove the top capsule the vintage, thankfully, is branded on the cork.

 
2002 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Domaine Jean Collet
This 13 year old Chablis needs some time to open up. It shows of fine scents of ripe pears, ginger, dry caramel, soap and lots of slate. Deep and fine. With air some gun powder scents emerge. Very, very good. Still rather young. A touch salty, in a refined way.
The taste is stony, ripe and full bodied with notes of blood oranges, crushed rocks, toasted bread, dried flowers and smoke. A long, warm, intense finish. This is really good but I would wait with any additional bottles for another 3-5 years.
91p   (tasted 2015/11)


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