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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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  • Chardonnay

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Lenoir Grape

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Domaine de la Meuliere

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

  • Domain Jean-Marc Brocard

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  • G&G co

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  • Domaine de Chantemerle

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Chablis on Snooth

  • Domaine William Fèvre Chablis GC Les Preuses 2011

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    This feminine and minerally wine has an impressive potential to keep well though its enticing today. Harmony and persistence give this wine clear focus. It is impressively floral, lemony and chalky with notes of sea salt. Those that unilaterally dismiss larger operations are missing out on some most impressive wines chez Fèvre. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Roland Lavantureux Chablis GC Vaudésir 2013

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    I fell for yet another barrel sample. I was totally vulnerable to this wines ... heavy. Unlike so many other Chablis during this trip, however, its not tannin that keeps the wine inline. Its just beautifully integrated acidity. 95 p Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Gc les Clos 2012

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    This wine hails from a mid-slope parcel towards the northern side of the appellation. Its most predominant character is its chiseled structure. Then, theres the beautiful typicity of chalk, yellow plums and pithy grapefruit zest. Its a shame to drink this young, yet it is showing well now. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Laroche Chablis Gc la Réserve de l'Obédience 2011

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    Only 3,000 bottles of this wine made from the domaines best parcels from Les Blanchots was produced. In fact, it is more likely it is only fractions of parcels, such is the precision of this house. The frank complexity leads to an impressively long finish with light tannins guiding the wines structure as much as its lovely freshness. 93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Dom. Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin Chablis GC Les Clos 2012

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    This wine juxtaposes opulently ripe pit fruits of white peach and apricot with delicate herbal notes and grapefruit zest. Its massive acidity and light tannins pull the sum of the parts into a feistily structured package. As in all of the wines of this cellar, there is so much refreshment that is is hard not to keep going back to the glass. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Gilbert Picq Chablis PC Vosgros 2012

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    This wine was my favorite of the visit, despite the fact it was a bit reduced. There was that AND the fact the bottle had been opened nine days before. The textured palate was fascinating to the point I didnt note a single aroma or flavor. Precisely balanced, high acidity pulled the wines moderately textured feel into long finish. 94 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Gc les Clos 2013

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    Call me easy-to-please, but I couldnt resist the charm of this newborn, despite ... ... finish, this wasnt Chablisit was Raveneau. (Note: this was a barrel sample.) 96 p Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Joseph Drouhin Chablis 'Vaillons' Premier Cru 2010

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    Already beginning to show the cheesy, leesy side of evolution, this wine nonetheless has the voluptuously concentrated palate to go a good distance. Still, its near impossible to resist now. Theres no shortage of baked apples, sweet spice, flan, hazelnut and Palo Cortado Sherry flavors. 94 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis PC Vaillons 2003

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    I am always thrilled to see 2003s showing well. So many critics maligned the vintage in Europe yet the best producers made balanced wines that still manage edge and finesse. This wine has a vibrant yellow color, tons of freshness its even crackling with acidity! and a hint of structuring tannins on the finish. 93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Daniel Dampt Chablis Pc Côte de Léchet 2012

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    Its almost impossible not to notice this wines acidity before anything else. Thats not to say the wine is dominated by it, but it is certainly lead by this quality. Pungency of structure aside, its flavors cant be considered anything other than classic and finessed. This is a fine example of why I fell for the wines of this family operation a lo... Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


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