2019 La Colline Aux Fossiles Chardonnay Vin de France

SKU #1541450 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark All Chardonnay brought up in used demi-muids, the 2019 La Colline Aux Fossiles sports a medium gold hue to go with terrific stone fruits, caramelized citrus, white flowers, and honeysuckle-like aroma and flavors as well as a beautiful sense of minerality that emerges with time in the glass. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully textured, with a layered mouthfeel and a great finish, it's another knockout Chardonnay from the team of Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

This new joint project by winemaker Jean-Marc Lafage and importer Eric Solomon is an expansion from their Novellum project. When they found a red clay and gravel site planted to Chardonnay further inland from the alluvial soils near the sea where Novellum is grown, they knew that this site would best stand as its own wine. The name Colline Aux Fossiles derives from the hillside slopes where all the fossils are embedded in the soils. The Chardonnay vines grown here are 30+ years of age, producing densely packed yet elegant wine. Vinification takes place in a mix of stainless steel and French oak, preserving the fruit but adding weight and depth. Another knock-out success from this duo of wine titans!

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/22/2021 | Send Email
The dynamic duo team of Jean-Marc Lafage and Eric Solomon never seem to disappoint. Finding a small parcel of 30+ year old vines in the Roussillon of all places, this special terroir of red clay was so distinct they decided that it would be best bottled on its own. And, as with all Lafage project, we are the better off for it. A medium- to full-bodied style of Chardonnay that harkens to the best that the Cote Chalonnais and Maconnais has to offer. This falls in line with some of the best Pouilly Fuisses I have tried in recent memory. Creamy rich apple fruit, roasted nectarine, chalky minerality and a lemony citrus note, this may even show some Meursault-like depth of fruit and tense minerality. All said, this is going to be one of the great buys of 2021 and we do not expect our allocation to last very long. La Colline Aux Fossiles is a new shining star that will burn bright for many years to come.

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