Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" 2004, Jean Collet & Fils

Very clear, reflective, light yellow colour with some green spectrum and skinny Kate Moss legs. Initial nose was closed as is often the case for a Chablis, and then moved on to green gauges, and crunchy Russet apple. Not much sign of evolution after 10 minutes of swilling and warming. On the palate, high acidity on a par with an Alsace Riesling, dry texture on the front palate like lemon pith, lime and green apple fruit, prickly, wide and tongue-coating but not very long. Tricky to assess at the moment and certainly not in its prime. Best retasted in 2009 but the tightly furled character combined with aging in futs de chene implies it should last until 2012. The Domaine Collet website informs us that the vines are over 30 years old.

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