2014 Domaine Collet & Fils Chablis 'Montmains' 1er Cru
The Montmains spends its cellar life in stainless steel until it is bottled before to the incoming vintage. It is left in stainless steel to keep its direct mineral attack fully intact. On the nose of the wine, pure minerals, metal and citrus. The palate follows suit with electric and dense acidic and mineralic tension. This is a wine for the geeks, like us, who put the terroir expression at the top of our hierarchy of requirements for a great wine. Sometimes it can be a little backwards when opened but shortly after, it gives everything that could be expected of it. I have had this wine paired perfectly with oysters all the way to grilled steak. Yes, I said steak. You’d be surprised…
Terroir: This premier cru is located on the left bank of the Serein river; a river that cuts Chablis into two reasonably distinct zones. The south-facing Montmains hill has three lieux-dits sites within the itself: Montmains (the original parcel), Forest and Butteaux, all of which can be labelled as Montmains. The Collet parcel is bottled exclusively from the Montmains section as they have different bottling for the other two lieux-dits inside this cuvée.
Montmains is one of the most stony sites within the entire range of Chablis' premier crus. There is nearly nothing that sits between the Kimmeridgian stones and the vines, thus rendering one of the most stony wines in the entire region.