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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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  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Lenoir Grape

    This red-fleshed grape is a popular variety in Texas, where it is sometimes blended with Ruby Cabernet to make red ta...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • G&G co

    Adventurewines brings the best wine making from South America. We work closely with family vineya...

  • 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...

  • Domaine de la Meuliere

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

  • Domaine de Chantemerle

    OCCUPATION What is a wine-maker! His occupation defines him: he cultivates his vines, works the s...

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Chablis on Snooth

  • Just received notice that I passed my WSET level 2 course.The class was a lot ... lot ... almost like a good chablis that's had some rose petals thrown i Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, ... closest thing to French Chablis that I've tasted outside of France...Favorite current food to make is a paella made on the BBQ grill with some good wood smoke.  And braised pork of many varieties.While I base out of Washington, DC, I am currently working from Beijing, C... Read More

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  • Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire 2011


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    Wine review by sfquixote

  • Welcome to the Forum, WT.  With luck, perhaps some Snoothers in LA will be ... consider white Burgundies -- Chablis, Pouille-Fuisse, Chassagne-Montrachet -- but, again, be prepared to spend some dollars for the better one Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello All!

  • Greg I'm going by memory here, but I might want to discuss some of the ... ... ... nomenclatures (e.g., Chablis, Chianti), you have to educate your consumers to discriminate another way.  Now, I agree with you that many Americans who are starting their wine adventures get wrapped around the axle regarding grape varieties.  On the flip side of... Read More

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  • dvogler - there is indeed a trademark issue if you use the term ... making ... making stuff like "Pink Chablis", which never stated what the composition was.Of course, people wanted to know which grapes were the "best" so a sort of hierarchy was established, with Cab at the top, Merlot somewhere down below, etc. Years earlier, a French writer ... Read More

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  • I say let this drift...Noticed Wally's promote a $7.99 Rose from Patrick ... a rising star negociant in Chablis from what I know. Curious to try, as I assume it's Pinot Noir and not just left over grapes. &nbs Read More

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  • Chablis Bougros Cote de Bouguerots William Fevre Premier 2011


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    Wine review by puhnner

  • Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Premiere Cru Mont de Milieu 2006


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    Wine review by Marin Danicic

  • Domaine Servin Chablis Premier Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2011


    This Premier Cru has gained a beautiful medium yellow color from 2 years plus in the bottle and has a muted green apple nose; on the palate the wine is smooth, balanced with a slightly buttery finish (unusual). A nice Montee de Tonnerre (if somewhat atypically blowsy) that needs no further bottle aging. 88 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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