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1996 Jean Collet & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

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From the region often referred to as Burgundy's 'Golden Gate' come the ultra-classic Chardonnays of Jean Collet. Diners in Paris and New York have known about this estate for some time. Parker says, 'Collet is probably the least known of the top Chablis producers. Most of his wines are sold to France's greatest restaurants, making the tiny quantities that reach America's shores almost impossible to find.' Jean openly characterizes his 1996's as the most profound wines he has made in the post-World War II period. This 'Montmains' comes from seven acres of vines, planted by Jean's father in the late 1950's. It is one of the most legendary vineyards in Chablis. The wine shows aromas of grilled nuts and flint with a rich, fat, round texture and a crisp, clean finish. Super rich and classic flavors.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.