Chablis Wine

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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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  • Domaine de la Meuliere

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  • La Chablisienne Chablis la Pierrelee 2013

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    So what's not to like about this typical - yet meritorious - Chablis from the modern, quality-driven La Chablisienne cooperative? Lots of wet stone, spicy white fruit and apple on the nose and, well, a satisfying apple/gooseberry-like entry and finish. No harshness or watery crapulence here... better than some Premier Cru. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Vino- nice call on the Chablis! I remember the first time I tasted the real stuff (ha ha). Read More

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  • Had good friends arrive last night for the weekend. These are the folks that ... was perfect.Both of these Chablis were fantastic! I love that mineral and salt air taste/feel along with lemon cream and bracing acidity. The 1er Cru had a bit more body/weight and a really nice light touch of oak to give it a bit more complexity. The non-Cru was ... Read More

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  • Let me add my welcome here also Demelza.  As RCKR noted, Margaux is in the ... think you would also like Chablis, which is also made from Chardonnay but has its own set of characteristics. You could also look for wines made from Melon de Bourgogne or Bourgogne Blanc.Happy hunting! Please let us know what you try and what you think about i Read More

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  • Had a a couple bottles of a 1er Cru Chablis (Montmains, Closerie des Alisiers, Stephane Brocard) with a couple other people at dinner last night (already the 15th here). Clams a la Campania for starters and planked salmon covered with pepper jack during the baking process as the main. Vichysoisse and a salad, also a tarte tatin dessert with Calv... Read More

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  • Joseph Faiveley Chablis les Preuses 2009

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    pale gold sheen, delicate nose of melons n greens, complex and structured of minerals, melons, honey and citrus. long, sweet finish. great wine! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Your last line is paramount.  Though there is no data that I could dig out ... to show:Domaine Laroche - Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2010 -  The grapes were pressed in a stainless steel pneumatic press and settled for 12 hours. Fermentation took place over three weeks at 17°C. 15% of the wine was fermented and aged in French oa... Read More

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  • William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis 2014

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    Had this at lunch at Ocean Prime in Dallas. A typical, but in a very good way, French Chablis. Citrus with a bright acidity and pleasant minerality, a bit of spice, and a slight bit of oak. Very well balanced with a long smooth finish. Would definitely consider this as a daily drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Domaine de Vauroux Chablis Premier Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2010

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  • What D said.Stainless steel wasn't even available until the 1960s. Chateau ... was in the early 1960s.So Chablis was not "traditionally" fermented in stainless steel at all. Maybe in old oak barrels, which don't impart a lot of oak flavor, but not stainless steel. Unless "tradition" is only like forty or fifty years.&nbs Read More

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