2020 Domaine Jean Collet Et Fils Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains", Burgundy, France

The aromatic youth of white flowers of this Montmains leads to a rich and fat-structured wine, with a low acidity on the palate, a good length of ripe fruit. Goes wonderfully with finely cooked fish, white poultry and even a cheese platter.



The Delimited Area of Chablis 1er Crus wines is located on limestone soils from the Upper Jurassic Kimmeridgian era, very rich in marine fossils and in particular in Exogyra virgula, a small oyster typical of Chablis soils. Montmains occupies one of the hillsides of the valleys that join the valley, on the left bank of the Serein with a South-East exposure. These lots are managed in sustainable agriculture. They avoid the use of polluting weed control products and favor mechanical cultivation of the soil, such as plowing.

Pneumatic pressing and cold static settling. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation and aging in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats.


Jean Collet started Domaine Collet in 1954, the heir of a Chablis grape-growing family since 1792. After the days of Jean, came Gilles, one of the most animated personalities in Chablis. He’s generous, lively and usually the life of the party, always keeping his personality from being as serious as the wines he crafted over numerous decades with his father, and even more so now with his son, Romain. In 2008, Gilles was struck with nerve damage on one side of his body and had to prematurely pass the baton. After only a few years of Romain putting new ideas to the test in the cellar and vineyard—natural yeast fermentations, organic and biodynamic farming—Gilles stepped aside completely and Romain began to make notable leaps from vintage to vintage.

At the young age of twenty-one, the eccentric and fun-loving Romain knocked it out of the park with his first vintage, 2008, which was the first vintage we imported. The foundation established by centuries of viticultural knowhow passed down through generations and Romain’s relentless curiosity and desire for improvement further set the stage for decades of inspired drinking from this domaine gifted with an average vine age of about fifty years. Romain pointed out that, “I am the luckiest generation. To have old vineyards like these to work with in my lifetime is something special, and it’s thanks to my grandfather, Jean.”

Organic viticulture is now part of the domaine’s practice under Romain’s direction—and with full support from the family. The two Grand Crus Valmur and Les Clos, the 1er Crus Montée de Tonnerre, Vaillons, Butteaux and Forêts have all been converted to organic farming, as well as a good portion of the Chablis AOC wine, where the organic culture tests were first done. The rest are sustainable, lutte raisonée, farming with the intention of eventually having all the sites fully converted.


Grape(s) Chardonnay
Farming Biodynamic