About The Wine
Inside the bottle: The Butteaux is raised in a mixture of younger French oak barrels (none new) and a small portion in stainless steel. The Collet’s Butteaux is a smooth-talking, charming wine that intelligently wears many hats. Its universal appeal quietly tucks away its sophisticated wet stone minerality and other delicate notes behind its upfront spicy character and sweet honeyed notes. Watch out for this guy as he will charm you into drinking quickly and carelessly before he shows his best side.
Terroir: The third and western-most lieu-dit on the Montmains hill has the most upfront and rich appeal that is akin to one of the top premier crus on the other side of the river, like Fourchaume, Mont de Millieu or Montee de Tonnerre. However, the notable difference is that the soils are still strictly kimmeridgian limestones but also mixed with a heavy blue and white clay that is rich in copper (hence the blue color.) In the Collet’s vines that were planted around 1990, there is about 30% clay content mixed with limestone rocks that sit atop the Kimmeridgian “roche mare” 50 centimeters below. Butteaux is a special site that makes serious wines with charm and polish.