About The Wine
Inside the bottle: With an average age of nearly 50 years this wine is one of the quiet superstars of the lineup. The balance of its time spent between stainless steel and a large, old 85 hectoliter foudre gives this wine generosity while keeping its acidic snap. It is a straight shooting, confident wine that never has a dull moment. Spice, loads of mineral, plush but taut fruits and plenty of acidity to keep it fresh. Given that it is the largest holding of the family, the price remains modest compared to its Premier Cru brethren across the river.
Terroir: The Collets are the biggest owners on this hill with 10 hectares divided up into 15 different parcels. The Vaillons hill has extremely high concentration of active limestone; Gilles Collet says about 70%, nearly the same as the Montmains. There is very little clay topsoil before you hit the mother rock of Kimmeridgian stone. The somewhat steep slopes reach higher elevations than its sister hill, Montmains, to south. South-facing, the Vaillons has great advantages in even-ripening across the hill.