2018 Domaine du Colombier Chablis
2018 Domaine du Colombier Chablis, Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France.
Created from a blend of four different vineyard parcels in Chichée, a village renowned for producing fresh, mineral wines. This wine is highlighted by distinctive flavors of apple and peach supported with mineral notes. Well balanced with a long and subtle finish. This classically styled Chablis is a perfect match for seafood, grilled vegetables, salads and fresh cheeses.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn’t like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.
The Domaine du Colombier has been a family property since 1887, handed down over several generations. In 1957 Guy Mothe started to specialize in Chablis. Today his three sons Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent work the 55 hectares of vines. These vines are planted exclusively to Chardonnay, most of the vineyards are dedicated to the production of AC Chablis, though there are significant holdings in Premier Cru Fourchaume and Grand Cru Bourgros. This is a first-class source of pure, unoaked, mineral-laden AC Chablis.
The winemaking is carried out with great care, with the greatest of respect for the traditional Burgundian methods, allied to the advantages of modern techniques. The estate vineyards range in age from 5-50 years old. They operate very naturally and use Organic manure, rigorous tying up, de-budding and green harvest if necessary. The Domaine started to sell in bottle in the middle of the 1980’s. Today it produces 430 000 bottles of which 80% are exported.