2011CostalVallions2011 Domaine Costal, Chablis “Vaillons” Premier Cru White Burgundy.
Kermit Lynch, Jean Collet and Bernard Raveneau are behind this impressive Domaine and it shows in the remarkable quality and intensity of the wines, especially the latest offering which is a wonderful Premier Cru from Vaillons. Not many Chablis can match this complexity and depth for the price of Costal and it is a label to look for, and those lucky enough to have Raveneau in their cellar will be wanting to grab these Costal Chablis to drink while they want patiently for the Raveneau to age. The 2011 Domaine Costal Vaillons is taught and racy with youthful acidity, great minerallity and classic terroir making for a lovely citrus filled Chardonnay of stylish elegance and vigor. The nose is subtle still with wet stones, white flowers, green herb and honeydew melon which lead to a vibrant palate of chalky and steely mineral, lime and apple with lots of clarity and focus driving this wine, while hints of pear, lemon zest and touch of saltiness add to the mix. This beauty fills out with air giving roundness and has a added depth, but remains crisp and controlled throughout. This is the real deal, a classic Chablis, be sure to check it out before it disappears.
($36 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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