N.V. Romain Collet Cremant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France

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The Collet family traces their wine roots back to 1792, and the thought of being something other than a winemaker never intersected Romain’s vision. The family has an impressive wingspan of parcels in Chablis’ best sites: Les Clos, Valmur, Mont de Milieu, Montée de Tonnerre, Vaillons, Montmains, Butteaux, Forêts, Séchet, and the silent overachiever, Les Pargues. Growing-up with these vineyards, Romain matured into a human compass of these vines. He understands the aspect of each parcel and knows which parcels will make the best wine. Using his expertise, Romain wanted to bottle these unique plots under his own label, Romain Collet. His inaugural vintage was 2009, and he was only 23 Crémant from Chablis is a rarity indeed; this one is made from pure estate fruit, from over 10 lieux-dits to make this year-round, méthode-traditionelle sparkler. Romain vinifies his vintage base wine in stainless steel and allows the wine to sit on its lees for fifteen months before disgorgement. The dosage changes with the vintage, but is typically around 6 g/l. The current release is drawn from mostly 2016 base wines. It has a lively mousse, with scents of lemon, apple, and gardenia and marzipan, with a tingly mineral texture, a rich palate of pineapple and honeycomb, supported by a seashell tang on the finish.

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