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Chablis is located well north of the rest of Burgundy. Some say that, though the Chardonnay grape is one of the most widely planted in the world, it is here, on the Kimmeridgian (and Portlandian) soil of Chablis, that it finds the greatest harmony with its terroir. The soil is named after the Dorset village of Kimmeridge, where one also finds this interesting geological formation. The village also gives its name to the period. Kimmeridgian soil is basically a mixture of limestone and clay with billions of tiny, fossilized oyster shells, hence the common recommendation to pair Chablis with shellfish.

The cool climate typically produces lean, steely, uniquely mineral wines that are capable of very long aging. Some producers use oak; some do not. Each has its defenders.

Chablis has seven Grands Crus. The are Les Clos, Blanchots, Bougros, Vaudesir, Valmur, Preuses, and Grenouilles. Then, there is La Moutonne, which is not officially a Grand Cru, but the general consensus is that it should Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Lenoir Grape

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  • Domaine de la Meuliere

    This traditional family of independant wine-growers has been producing great chablis wines since ...

  • Domaine de Chantemerle

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  • G&G co

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  • Domain Jean-Marc Brocard

    Jean-Marc Brocard's origins lie in the Côte d'Or. For he is a farmer's son from the village of Ch...

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Chablis on Snooth

  • Mark, they fell from use as the CA wine industry (and then elsewhere in the ... as a style, like Burgundy, Chablis, Champagne, etc. What earlier Englishpersons would've called 'Hock' (in the era of 'Claret' for Bordeaux).Plenty of Sylvaner grown and bottled in Alsace, to Read More

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  • Don’t call it Champagne. You’ll get us in trouble.But it’s ... Georges and the areas around Chablis at about the same time early in the 19th century, and these are still the areas where most of the wines come from. Interestingly (but maybe not surprisingly) there is a vibrant production of AOC Cremant de Bourgogne just south of the border with... Read More

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  • Burgundy is a lot bigger when you add in the Maconnais, Chablis, Beaujolais.  But no one is collecting those and then cashing in at auction, save for a few top-end Chablis.  It's the Cote d'Or that folks collect, and it's long enough, but it's even narrower than the Napa Valley.  And only a little of it is grown on--not like Napa where they plan... Read More

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  • Am curious how the Trousseau/Bastardo drinks... Public results of the ... Chablis, Les Clos, Domaine Raveneau (3 bs)$750-1,100$2,6293932013 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Goulots, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Fourrier (1 jeroboam (3L))$600-900$1,9125152002 Chablis, Valmur, Domaine Raveneau (3 bs)$1,200-1,800$3,5853832012 Griotte-Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes... Read More

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  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... ... to the chardonnays of Chablis in Burgundy.  People say you can taste the seashells found in the limestone there.  And for some reason, the new grenaches from the wines areas surrounding Madrid are described as "dusty".But wine descriptors are tags, labels c... Read More

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  • Emark - there was no such thing as a tasting room before Mondavi. His family ... making stuff like port and chablis and sherry, because they considered those almost generic terms. The Europeans may not have been happy, but they didn't raise much of a fuss. First, the US market for their stuff wasn't that big anyway and second, they themselves ... Read More

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  • You're right Emark - I didn't want to get into that but yeah, we had Pink Chablis and Hearty Burgundy and all that. Gallo and a few others made it and Mondavi didn't want to be considered in their league. He didn't really have a lot of options other than fantasy names or grape varieties. And there were indeed other producers of single-variety wi... Read More

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  • AoK - it's not that difficult if you think about the history. In Europe, ... ... but people knew about Chablis - remember Gallo used to make "Pink Chablis"! So Chardonnay got included.Basically things just went from there. So in the US people care very much about grape varieties. In Europe they do too, but they think that the region is more i... Read More

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  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have ... at good value prices in the Chablis region.Prices are of course relative.The auction site is usually cheaper than a shop and shops in France are cheaper than those in the UK [and probably the U Read More

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  • Cluny was the richest and most powerful monastic house in Europe from the end ... area from Beaujolais up to Chablis so many headaches.... Ordinarily, a post like this would be a thread killer. Somehow I think this river of wine reports started by OT, which has become the longest running thread in Snooth history, will survive...   ; Read More

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