From: Chablis, Burgundy, France
Taste: This is the debut of the old-vine Chablis “Cuvée Paul” 2020 to the U.S. Paul is Romain’s son, so yes, at some point Paul Collet will be on a label, but for now this very special assemblage is from vines owned by Dominique Collet, Romain’s mother. Dominique’s family has tended these vines since their planting in 1932…that is no typo, 1932. Ninety years of history, magnificient exposure, massal selection, complete hand harvest, 100% native yeast and raised in INOX tanks. The 2020 was bottled for the U.S. in January of 2022…again no typo, 2022. This is classic, old-school Chablis, full of fresh fruit and completely free of the influence of wood barrel. Look for citrus notes in the nose along with oysters shells and ocean spray. The palate is long, stony and dry, with chiseled minerality and backbone à la chablisienne. Bravo Dominique, Romain and Paul!
Pairing: Chablis always makes us crave escargot, or dishes that incorporate elements of citrus, butter, garlic, and bread. Today's pairing marries these elements in a recipe for Steamed Clams with Garlic-Parsley Butter and Leeks by David Tanis.
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